Influence Of Gender Toys

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Introduction

As a child grows, they are exposed to a society that expects them to conform to the assigned gender roles and stereotypes. This is mainly done in accordance to their choice of games and toys. Toys are an integral part of our childhood. In some ways, it is the one thing that people from all over the world share in common. As children, toys were also a major source of our entertainment and social interaction as everything and anyone present around us were something we could “play with.” However, with the booming population of children and the growth of toy industry, it has resulted in commercialization of childhood. Similarly, toys have been an effective method which has been used for generations to conform children and teach
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Its is with the help of Integrated play through which children realize that by integrated working they can use their different masculine and feminine traits to achieve objectives that they would typical not achieve in segregated play (Cole & Cole, 2009). When it comes to ‘gender stereotyping” in the choice of toys, it is mainly common in the age groups of 2 to 5 years old. Most children in this age group do not have a lot of influence in the type of toys that their parents buy for them. Although children in this age group may very likely give a hints of having some other “preference,” the actual selection and purchase decision of the toy is typically up to the guardian. Based on the parent’s perception of gender roles according to the child’s gender, the parent buys him or her either a doll or an action figure. This too plays a significant role in the psychology of children who associate this difference as their identity (Blackmore & Renee, …show more content…
What are the factors that push them to act, feel and think a certain way? And most importantly, how are toys encourage gender segregation and socialization? It all relates back to the basic ways that children learn during their childhood. The first way that children learn can be from direct experience. When a child is growing up, he or she is taught operant conditioning. This means that they are either punished or rewarded for their actions.For example, a girl child might be able to get some more dolls as a reward for picking sparkly and domestic things when visiting a toy store. Whereas if she were to pick a “masculine” toy, she would not get anything at all. So this way, the next time she visits a toy store, she is more likely to stick to the girls section of the store. Another way that the children learn is through observation which involves watching some one else and imitating their behavior. Children choose role models of their own sex. It is usually their mothers for girls and fathers for the boys. Thus, as they grow up, boys try to act as their father while the girls imitate their mother and develop a more “nurturing” and “domestic” side to their personality. Here, as an example, we can use the visit to the toy store, which proves that the toys for the children these days are in fact very much geared towards enhancing “adult roles” for little girls and boys who are taught what they are

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