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TOPIC: End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin

End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 28 May 2016 17:58 #9944

  • michelle.h
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I came across a video this week titled “Inspiring the Future – Redraw the Balance”. The video opens on a class of young students who had been asked to draw a firefighter, a surgeon, and a fighter pilot. When students were asked about their illustrations, the firefighter, surgeon, and fighter pilots were described as “big and strong”, given names such as Gary, Stan, Simon, and Jim-Bob, and otherwise referred to with masculine pronouns. The class eagerly awaited when told they were now going to meet these people, and nearly all sat in an awed silence when three women walked through the door: Tamden the surgeon, Lauren the fighter pilot, and Lucy the firefighter.

The women proceeded to speak with the students, while captioning read “Gender stereotypes are defined between 5 and 7 years of age”. Together, 61 student drawings portrayed men in these careers, while just 5 portrayed women. Public engagement programs and PSAs such as these are carried out by organizations such as “Inspiring the Future”, which works to engage state schools, colleges, employers, and the public in coming together to “redraw the balance” in ending gender stereotypes before they start. More can be found at the link below:

www.inspiringthefuture.org/help-us-to-redrawthebalance/
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End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 29 May 2016 12:30 #9954

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This is interesting to see and how it doesn't obtain much attention. After watching the video, it is important to see how gender does not specifically determine a career. Although the kids drew their view of a who was firefighter, surgeon, and pilot, they were surprised to see they were women. They even thought they were dressed up because they did not see any men. I agree that gender stereotypes need to end before they begin.
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End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 29 May 2016 20:39 #9973

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This video depicts a very simple, yet important issue of gender roles and stereotypes in society. At a young age, kids are very susceptible to suggestions and images portrayed in the media. The media often portray surgeons, firefighters, and fighter pilots as predominantly masculine and "male" occupations. These occupations are contrasted to “feminine” occupations such as homemakers, teachers or bakers. These images indirectly perpetuate stereotypical gender roles in the minds of young kids. This is dangerous because these beliefs may start to influence how these young kids dream about their future and the decisions they make. The images seen in the media are so powerful that studies are showing appalling results of majority of fourth-grade girls dieting. Young girls may directly model unhealthy eating habits presented in the media, such as dieting, fasting or purging, because the media often portrayed thinness in relation to eating pathology.
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End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 29 May 2016 22:13 #9985

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Thank you for sharing this video. I think it's important for people to realize that gender stereotypes begin at such a young age which is why it's important to stay away from reinforcing certain stereotypes. It is particularly damaging to girls where most girls automatically feel like they would never be any of the professions which the video highlights (as well as many others, I'm sure). They are discouraged from following or dreaming about a certain career path as early as between the ages of 5 and 7. Of course logically the solution to this would be for new parents to stray away from reinforcing gender stereotypes as much as they can, but that's a tough task considering they grew up with the same stereotypes imposed on them as well.
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End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 11 Sep 2016 17:11 #10131

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Hi Michelle. I thought the way they brought up the subject of gender stereotypes was very cute and productive. It goes to show how innocent children are and how easily influenced they can be. Looking back, I first noticed/subscribed to gender stereotypes when I started school at 4-5. Although we can't control the way people parent and teach their children about gender roles, we can incorporate a diverse group of heroes and role models in school as a way to teach kids that there isn't one "right" way to be. Gender stereotyping becomes such a big and serious problem as people get older, but if we are enthusiastic and positive in teaching kids a new way of thinking we can hopefully get rid of that issue in future generations to come.
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End Gender Stereotypes Before They Begin 17 Sep 2016 19:24 #10213

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Gender stereotypes have been and will continue to be an issue if society continues to assign each gender a "role" they have to play. Categorizing gender is merely to maintain social order because people fear a society where things and people do not have labels. Why is it that women cannot be seen as firefighters or surgeons? Women are just as capable of doing what men can do. Our generation has to teach our future generation that anything is possible whether you are male or female. Gender discrimination and gender stereotypes have to come to an end in order for women to be seen as equals to men. Personally, I believe equal pay and equal opportunities for women has been long overdue. We can teach our future children to be better than these gender stereotypes.
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