There’s a couple of threads about kids - gendered clothing and gendered toys - but the ways in which we get kids to conform to gender stereotypes are numerous and I thought it made sense to have a single place to discuss them.
To start off we have the results of a very depressing global study,
Children are straitjacketed into gender roles in early adolescence, says study
“We found children at a very early age – from the most conservative to the most liberal societies – quickly internalise this myth that girls are vulnerable and boys are strong and independent,” said Robert Blum, director of the Global Early Adolescent Study, based at Johns Hopkins University. “And this message is being constantly reinforced at almost every turn, by siblings, classmates, teachers, parents, guardians, relatives, clergy and coaches.”