Gender Discrimination In Children

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Every child has a different experience of childhood depending on the social location the child is being brought up in. Those including women and girls and those of different race or abilities are looked at as “disadvantaged.” According to Dictionary.com, those who are disadvantged are those who are “lacking the normal or usual necessities and comforts of life, as proper housing, educational opportunities, job security, adequate medical care etc.” Different places across North America look at gender, race, sexuality and disability differently and treat those who do not fit into their expectations negatively and discriminate against them. Discrimination is someone is treated unfairly because of his or her association with a group. Discrimination …show more content…
When they play “house,” girls play the moms, they cook, clean and take care of the kids. Boys play the dads and go to work. At a very young age, children learn these societal gender norms and when someone goes against it, it is looked down upon and can lead to bullying. Bullying in regards to the sex of gender of a child can lead to emotional, social and educational challenges. "Gender Roles among the Nahua in the Codex Mendoza,” which is a primary source, is a painting showing gender norms in children among the Nahua. It is clear that the young girls are being taught to clean, cook and sew compared to young boys who are being taught to gather goods and fish. It states that “boys were to be warriors and craftsmen, and girls were to tend to domestic chores (Douglass, Susan).” This clearly shows that gender norms are socially created and accepted amongst many locations across many centuries. Although, when these societal expectations are not met, it is looked down upon. When children portray their gender differently then the norm, they are more likely to be bullied. "Patterns of Gender Development," an article written by Carol Martin et all, reviews a study of “3- to 5-year-olds who were videotaped while playing with either a male- or female-typed toy,” for example soldiers versus doll house, “in the presence of a same-sex peer.” It found that “children were punished” and bullied “by the peer when playing with cross-sex toys …show more content…
Many schools separate children with disabilities from those who don’t and put them into their own classrooms. Contradictory to thoughts on this method, this can in actuality have negative and detrimental affects on the children with disabilities. Mainly, the separation can create restriction for those with disabilities. This can create educational challenges since “they must be exposed to the least restrictive environment possible. Negative attitudes create barriers that are difficult for students with disabilities to overcome and limit one’s ability to achieve success and independence (Williamson, Cecelia, Page 7).” As well, the separation can lead to more discrimination and bullying towards those who have disabilities since they are separated and put into their own classroom. “The emotional health of students with disabilities has a strong impact on their academic performance and their future success. When students are bullied or ignored in the classroom, it affects their school work (Williamson, Cecelia, Page 7).” This is because “students with disabilities participate less than typically

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