|Re: gender stereotypes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:23:20 -0700 (PDT)|
As a feminist in the 1960s and 70s, I and a whole generation of women spent a lot of time denying gender differences. We believed gender was behaviorally determined from the moment they were first touched in the delivery room. This is a girl. This is a boy. It was important to have boys in blue and girls in pink so everyone would know how to treat them. How to hold them. How to softly to speak. We were rabid about it. Free To Be You and Me was constantly playing. But then we started having children who were raised by us without preconceptions but also with anti-stereotyping. Girls had to have trucks and boys had to have dolls. Clothing was unisex. Girls no longer wore dresses. Well, guess what. The boys were still traditional boys and the girls were still girls. There were differences in that they were no longer shamed for cross-gender behavior. All boys didn’t have to join a sports team. All girls didn’t have to wear makeup and start filling a hope chest at 12. But they still preferred girl things and boy things. And adults do too. Many people like to use workshops and do woodwork. But the person who is mostly likely to move in _because_ there is a workshop, is a man. Not that all men like woodworking or have ever been in a shop, but if you have a good workshop, the chances are you will attract more men. The fact remains, however, is that women are the majority of the population and that majority begins increasing dramatically at about age 50. If you spend too much time being careful not to be gender biased, you will miss the gender bias. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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