Gender Roles For Little Boys And Little Girls Essays

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Starting in the toddler years, children will start to identify themselves as a little boy or a little girl. As children grow up, we just blindly accept these gender roles, as they become part our lives. Society seems to simply accept these gender roles that coincide with the sex of children, but people never ask why? The activities that children participate in, the media that children see and the influences of parents and particular cultures contribute to our definition of gender. Children are given these activities such as playing a sport for boys or dressing up as a princess for girls to teach them about our gender roles. But later in life we don’t see adult males and adult women needing to conform to these stereotypes. As children move into adulthood and as equality movements become more profound, our world becomes more gender equal. Does this mean that our traditional stereotypical roles will become obsolete or will we continue to have these traditional roles for little boys and little girls? Sports have become a common part of most children’s lives and have also become a defining moment in the lives of boys. Almost all boys from an early age start to play t-ball, soccer, football, and basketball and sports becomes a way for them to make friends. Katherine Pollitt explores the social implication of sports and dolls in her essay “Why Boys Don’t Play With Dolls”. She asks the question of mothers, “That if their sons wanted to spend the weekend writing up their diaries, or…

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