Gender Stereotyping: Does It Affect Children?

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Gender Stereotyping: Does it Affect Children?
Gender stereotyping is a viewpoint that supports one-sided, exaggerated images of men and women that are repeated in their everyday life. Gender stereotyping is found most commonly in mass media. Sociologists see stereotyping as part of the process that children are socialized into sex roles and by which adults and children are denied opportunities with more individual development (encyclopedia). In today’s society, gender stereotyping is so prominent, it’s everywhere you look from television ads and shows, to children’s toys, to gender reveal parties. Today, children identifying as a different gender than they were genetically assigned is becoming more accepted. Although, due to stereotyping, it makes some children confused as to what are the “right and wrong” norms for them to be following. Children are negatively affected by gender stereotyping through their parents and families, the media, and schools.
Parents are models for stereotypes through their own behaviors, occupations and interests As a child is growing, they see their father as masculine and assertive and their mother as nurturing and caring. It was found that children as young as 10-months can already detect gender related categories. Parents can hold gender stereotypes both implicitly and
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In the begging the show only had one consistent female lead role, Penny. Penny portrayed as the stereotypical female: ditzy, and the “attractive” neighbor. As the show progressed more female characters were introduced but it was almost just to create sexual tension. A show that breaks stereotypical ideas of women however is the show, The Office. There are 5 consistent female leads. Although one female portrays the stereotypical emotional female, the other characters were given enough development to be more than just a stereotype. They were strong females in the work place (Lantagne

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