Stereotypes In The Article: A Frabulous Child's Story

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To be a child in America essentially means that you are learning from your surroundings, therefore the general and popular modern day advertising, culture, and lessons are what a child is going to be seeing and hearing growing up. A child’s experience can be extremely different from another child’s experience, depending on gender, race, religion, and class. In the article from “A fabulous Child’s Story," it explains how there was a baby being raised with the gender unknown by the parents. Some might think that it was an impossible task, for example, in the story it states how family members and friends wanted to, or already had bought gifts for baby X, yet the parents would not tell them “what is was," in consequence, baby X barley got attention …show more content…
It is mentioned how a mother hates the idea of Disney princesses for multiple reasons and how they are surrounding her daughters life in an awful way. Some of the reasons given in the article I have seen mentioned before and entirely agree with even though as a child I was a fan of princesses and dolls. One of my personal favorite inaccuracies with Disney princesses is their dependence. Disney has given each of their princesses a dependence on men, whether it be their fathers or the man they “love” in the story, the princess has to be saved by a man. First of all, a woman can have just as much strength and independence as a man can and certainly can survive without one, as many woman have. To show a young girl that in life, they will wait for their true love and that is where their sole happiness comes from is wrong, they should not be taught to live their lives below men in order to get a man to love them. Woman today struggle with finding the “nice guy” and I am sure there are studies out there that show that the characteristics of searching for Mr. Nice comes from childhood lessons that a woman should search for love her entire life. Woman have become much better, in my opinion, in modern day of being independent and doing their jobs, being athletic and enjoying life just as men do. Children at a young age, girls and boys, should learn that happiness and dependence should not come from another human, but from doing what makes …show more content…
During Christmas and birthdays, me and my brother would each receive gifts significantly different from one another 's, and due to stereotypes we were exposed to, we were not supposed to play with each others toys. I shouldn 't play with the trucks because it 's not girly and he cant use my Polly Pockets because boys don 't play with dolls. In some cases, boys playing with dolls essentially marks them as “gay” or “ too feminine” and although it may turn out true for some, for others, the young boy just finds the dolls interesting, end of story. Having a brother certainly exposed me to the difference in gender roles growing up, and these differences continued and became more serious throughout life at a co-ed school. Now, as I am nineteen years old and more interested in why there is such a severe difference in how different gendered kids are raised, I realized that it would have been okay if I played with the trucks or shared a doll with my brother, and that if I were to ever show my daughter a Disney princess movie I would make sure she understands the full fantasy and how the princesses really do not do much. Overall, my perspective now is that many of the observed lessons a young girl or boy may learn could fill their head for some years of

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