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Examining Gender Socialization through Toys

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Gender Socialization plays a big part in a child’s life in shaping their femininty and masculinity. Every child is brought with to have played with at least one toy to have called their own. Now, the purpose of the research that has been conducted is to take a further look into how toys that is sold through stores and played by children. This will then give hindsight as to how what is considered the gender norm has a part in gender role stereotyping and the affect these toys have on children view of gender characteristics.
The store that the research was conducted at was the Wal-Mart Supercenter located on 151 SW 184th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL. Date visited was on Thursday, March 19, 2014. It was done at approximately 6:45 pm and ended at 8:12pm; so it was approximately two hours long. The research method used to conduct it was by going down each aisle and counting how many different types of toys that is seen that represents the following: weapons, Baby Dolls, Barbie Cooking Accessories, Buildings for Living or Shopping (Houses/RVs/Bakeries), Cash Registers, Clothing Accessories (Shirts, Shoes, Etc.), Hair accessories, Royalty, Remote Control Vehicles or acing Vehicles, Animals portrayed as “scary, mean, or aggressive”, Military and Animals portrayed as “comforting, pretty, or loving.” Then within these categories, a differentiation between girls and boys was accounted for.
The types of toys that were found on the boys aisles were mostly a combination of the following: seventy-five Weapons, 164 Superhero Dolls/ Muscular Action Figures, thirty-nine Blue Collar Work, 300 Building Blocks/ Legos, 340 Remote Control Vehicles or Racing Vehicles, twenty Animals portrayed as “scary, mean, or aggressive,” twenty-five Military and sixty-...

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... display both a girl and a girl making pizza together, or baking a cake but in different colors. Society is far beyond from abolishing sexism, nonetheless teaching children to accept gender-neutral and cross-gender play may contribute a start.
From this research of examining how gender socialization is projection through toys to children, have led to conclusion that in order to prevent children from living by these stereotypes portrayed through toys, parents should encourage gender-neutral and cross-gender play in children at an early age. Just for the mere that their brain is so receptive to knowledge into creating to become the person they are to be in life. Give children a chance to not only have fun while playing with their toys and that there aren’t any pressures on them that this what they should be and that there a mind full options that they can choose from.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that gender socialization shapes a child's femininty and masculinity. the purpose of the research is to look into how toys that are sold through stores and played by children affect gender role stereotyping.
  • Explains that the research was conducted at the wal-mart supercenter in pembroke pines, florida. it was done at approximately 6:45 pm and ended at 8:12pm.
  • Explains the types of toys that were found on the boys aisles were mostly a combination of the following: seventy-five weapons, 164 superhero dolls/ muscular action figures and thirty-nine blue collar work.
  • Explains that when children are engaged and playing with toys they are experiencing emotions of happiness, excitation, anger, shocked and fear. the attitudes associated with the toys are loving, sharing, malicious, hostility, cheerful, aggressiveness, intrigued, haughty, confident, earnest, superiority and quizitive.
  • Explains that the girls and the types of toys that were found on their aisles were mostly a combination of the following: eighty-two baby dolls, 278 "barbie" type dollies, six-teen weapons
  • Explains that when children (girls in particular) are engaged and playing with these toys they are experiencing emotions of happiness, excitation, enjoyment, anger, seriousness and shock.
  • Explains that there is a great barrier between what is taught to be the gender norms for boys and girls. boys are expected to walk more dramatically, be louder, dirtier, and find the jobs that will give them more money.
  • Analyzes how boys play louder, rougher and dirtier with trucks, fast cars, legos, and action figures, while girls play proper and clean with kitchen sets, clothing, dolls and barbies.
  • Explains that boys play with high demand fire trucks, superhero dolls/ muscular action figures and weapons toys. girls make the supper, get the baby cleaned and fed, and maybe work as a housewife, nurse or chef.
  • Argues that society promotes a "beauty myth" that is damaging to both men and women. boys are expected to be independent, assertive, and competitive, while girls are more passive, sensitive and supportive.
  • Argues that girls don't have to worry about becoming the bread winner, lifting heavy objects, being stuck on the side of the road, or even opening some doors, while boys get the benefit of not worrying about cooking, cleaning, losing their job because of creating a family.
  • Suggests that children should be exposed to non-gender-specific toys, such as superman and wonder women, to help eliminate sexism.
  • Proposes a solution to solve gender inequalities by eliminating the color distinctions between girls and boys, and having both genders on the boxes.
  • Concludes that parents should encourage gender-neutral and cross-gender play in children at an early age to prevent children from living by stereotypes portrayed through toys.
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