Gender Roles And Stereotypes : Why Boys Don 't Play With Dolls By Katha Pollitt

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Gender roles and stereotypes have always been an issue in society, and they still are to this day. Although feminism and woman’s rights have come so far in the past years, there is still more progress to be made and the sexist labels do not only happen to women. Having gender stereotypes, that begin when we are young, creates the platform for many of these sexist issues that women, as well as men, are still facing. The article “Why Boys Don’t Play with Dolls” written by Katha Pollitt expresses the ideas of male and female stereotypes along with feminism. She beings by mentioning how, over the years, the differences between men and women have stayed the same, and she believes that she knows why this is. She refers to Barbie as an example of how children are taught gender stereotypes from a young age. I feel that Pollitt’s main reason for writing this article was to make parents aware of how the way they teach their children affects it has on the gender stereotypes their kids will have. She supports this by writing, “Instead of looking at kids to ‘prove’ that differences in behavior by sex are innate, we can look at the way we raise our kids” (319). She explains that, although a 3-year-old may consider all doctors as men and all nurses as female, but the time they are 6 they will lose these specific ideas of sex roles (320). She mentions how children are not born with certain beliefs, but it is tough work to instill proper ideas into these children (321). She ends the…

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