That is, boys will customarily receive blue clothing or toys while pink clothing or toys will be for girls. “Children‘s toys and games are also differentiated on the basis of sex” (Diekman and Murnen 2004; Seccombe p.99). Through these toys or playing with these toys, boys and girls would eventually distinguish the differences between male and female; also, may strengthen, and perpetuate the traditional gender stereotypes. For instance, boys or men are expected to act and behave in ways that have been considered masculine or associated with masculinity (Seccombe p.104); “men are often assumed to be more aggressive, sexual, unemotional, rational, and task oriented than women” (Seccombe p.93); and thus, action figures, such as Superman, WWE wrestling toys, and Hulk are made for boys to play with. While girls or women’s roles are associated with femininity (Seccombe p.104); “women are assumed to be more nurturing, passive, and dependent” (Seccombe p.93); and so, cooking and baking set and baby dolls with bottle feeding and diapering set are made for girls, so, they could apply their nurturing and culinary skills when they get older and mainly do household chores. Personally, I believe these toys have both negative and positive influence on children’s socialization. For instance, playing with toy guns or military toy set with a knife may lead to early exposure to violence and aggression. However, some toys, such as Lego building set and blocks, arts and crafts have a powerful and influential influence on children’s thinking and
Why is it considered bizarre to see boys playing with dolls whereas boys toys are much accessible for them to play without parents concern's. What they are being told are boy appropriate toys; blow them up, kill them up, shoot them up kind of toys that they are born to play with. Since we come to earth our parents tell us what to do or not, in this case rule that determine gender. Boys are born to be in the army, play with trucks and airplanes. On the other side, girls must play with dolls, take the action of mom, and eventually take care of children cook, and be the housewife. Katha Pollitt in, "Why Boys don’t play with Dolls," says that nobody is born knowing what our roles are, it is something that we learn from what the society and our parents teach us in our transition from children to adults. "We don't have a choice, really, about whether we should give our children messages about what it means to be male and female -- they're bombarded with them from morning till night."
The function of toys in children’s lives has a relevance to the socialization of girls and boys in accordance with gender roles and society’s perception of what is appropriate for girls and boys. Gender stereotypes are learned parts of cultural adaptation and agents of socialization. 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.
Some major difference that I found between girls and boy toys were that girls have toys that are mostly pink while boys have toys mostly blue. On the other hand, boys include monster trucks, cars, action figures, and superheroes. The skills that girl toys focus on are about appearance and nurturing. For instance, toys like dolls, fashion, makeup, and princesses. On the other hand, the skills that boy toys focus on are about aggression and fighting. To demonstrate, toys like monster trucks, cars, action figures, and superheroes. Overall, people can notice that there is a huge difference between boys and girls toys.
Growing up I was surrounded by a lot of boys. Every holiday or family get together we would play very competitive games. They ranged between football to charades. As we got older my sister and cousin Katie would spend less time playing outside with us and more time inside the house. Eventually I was the only girl who would be playing with the boys. When I got old enough to play sports in school I joined all of them. I ended up with more guy friends than girl friends because I had more to talk about with them. I grew up to be very tomboy in comparison to my sister and cousin. Everybody would always tell me "you're not girly enough." "you act to much like a boy."
When boys struggle to fit themselves into a limited image of what a man should be, like those portrayed in the media, a great disservice is done to these boys. It’s far better to show boys how to grow up into human beings that happen to be male rather than growing up into Men. Boys who are given the chance to grow up fully featured will serve the world better than any one dimensional television hero.
The class never was separated in groups of just girls or just boys. I observed one boy in particular at the beginning of my observation. I noted he was holding a baby doll. During my whole observation, he never dropped this baby doll. This is an example of the Gender Schema Theory. The gender schema theory is an information-processing approach that explains how environmental pressures and children’s cognitions work together to shape gender typing. (Berk 2013) This boy was not thinking of his gender or stereotypes, he was just thinking he liked this particular doll and will play with it despite that baby dolls are stereotyped as a girls toy. During my whole observation, I noticed girls and boys always interacted with one another. The textbook claims, during the preschool years, girls increasingly seek out other girls and like to play in pairs because of common preference for quieter activities. Boys come to prefer larger group play with other boys, who share a desire to run, climb, play, fight and knock down. (Berk 2013) For my observation, I found this to be untrue. At each station, there would be a mix of boys and
At a young age girls are taught to stay in groups, dress appropriately, don’t walk in the dark, and know your surroundings. Starting in grade school girls are taught that boys’ education is more important than their; for example girls cannot have their shoulders showing, because it can distract the boys while they are trying to learn. If a girl were to break the dress code, she would be taken out of class to change. Girls must wear a one piece swimsuit and a t-shirt that cannot be white, while at school. At age 12 girls’ grades start to decrease, whereas boys’ grades rises. Boys have had the excuse of “boys will be boys”, which excuses them from many behaviors. Girls are taught that when a boy is mean to them, he likes her; this implies that
expectations of gender. As children, they gain a sense of being a male or female and associate