This means that the toys children are given go a long way to further (or help change) gender stereotypes and inequality. In general, boys are given trucks, blocks and doctor’s kits, encouraging them to build, explore how things work and be a... ... middle of paper ... ... a simple as changing the way our children play with their toys. Bibliography: Works Cited Arbetter, Sandra R. “Boys and Girls: Equal but not the Same.” Current Health 2. Dec. 1991: 16. Bruning, F. “Separating the Sexes in Toyland.” Newsday.
Sex role stereotyping and gender bias permeate everyday life. Children learn about sex roles very early in their lives, probably before they are 18 months old, certainly long before they enter school. (Howe, 1). The behaviors that form these sex roles often go unnoticed but their effect is immeasurable. Simple behaviors like: the color coding of infants (blue & pink), the toys children are given, the adjectives used to describe infants (boys: handsome, big, strong; girls: sweet, pretty, precious), and the way we speak to and hold them are but a few of the ways the sex roles are introduced.
The differences in the toys geared for boys in contrast to the toys geared towards girls are very different and have a strong influence in defining gender roles. Playing is one of the most effective and influential aspects to child development as they enhance both communicative, intellectual and social skills. Unfortunately, many times these toys are gender specific and set a foundation for gender roles and contribute to shaping children’s personality from a very young age. The toys are gender specific in terms of the colors, types, the images on the toys, how the toys are decorated along with what kinds of phrases or messages accompany the toy. When I went into Toys“R”Us, there was an array of toys.
When people grow up seeing and having these gender roles shoved in their faces they begin to follow them and tend to judge people who do not. For example, Mays uses his personal experience to show how people are so used to typical relationships that when they see a same-sex relationship they begin to question it (719). In this case, using pathos to support his argument was the right thing to do to help get in touch with the reader's emotions. Furthermore, Eckert and McConnell-Ginet explain how the different treatment really does cause boys and girls to learn to be different by showing different studies done on kids (740). The authors choice to use logos and ethos in this argument helps show the reader exactly how children are taught differently.
The social role theory is the theory that acknowledges that there are physical differences between sexes, and that led men and women to perform different tasks (King 2014). Children pick up on these so-called roles and acted upon them. In a YouTube channel named Advert Enticement, various interviews were done with children about their views on two different dolls. One doll was a girl and one doll was a boy. Many questions were asked about the gender roles.
Toys teach children gender stereotypes, develop gender identity, and help them socialize. In a word, playing with toys can be seen as a repetition of children’s future life. Children intuitively prefer the toys that fit their gender needs – boys prefer to play with toy weapon while girls prefer to play with dolls. If a child is deprived of an opportunity to play with toys, he or she ends up with a significant gap in his or her mental development and socialization skills. This is why parents should allow their children play with their favorite
Boys, however, tend to play with action figures and balls, while also playing in a large group. Although times are changing and there have been studies that boys and girls develop differently biologically, I firmly believe the treatment of the two genders plays a role. Children see the jobs and roles their parents take on in the household and I believe that this has a big influence on a child. A child may see their mother c... ... middle of paper ... ...iz. It was stated that it’s not masculine to read alot and you aren't feminine unless you know what the parts of a sewing machine are?
There has even been studies that children under the age of one can tell the difference between male and female just by seeing certain objects paired with a male or a female face. Then the article goes into talking about when children start understanding what it means to be a boy or a girl. At the age of three or four children begin to understand the differences in the two types of genders. Since we begin to notice the difference at a young age, it is a perfect opportunity for toy companies to enforce the traditional genders on the toys they
Parents must not advocate gender biased toys and, instead, provide their children with toys that promote cognitive and social development. Toys have a long history in widespread cultures. Over time, children’s consumer culture and global toy industry has sky rocketed. During childhood, the types of toys children play with across cultures have a wide effect on how they develop. They are a major contributor to stereotyping gender, representing children’s identities, and creating their roles to follow in life.
Society defines what is masculine and feminine as well as the natural inclinations of girls and boys to play in different ways. Observational methods of socialization such as modeling are small pieces to the fundamental cognitive and physical differences of girls and boys. Inevitably, nature supplies biological structure while human ecologic adaptation performs the ability to build on knowledge established through empirical research and advancement in the development of toys that result in well-rounded adults.