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Reflecting on specific gender messages in your culture, clearly name 2 messages that are restrictive and 2 that inspire inclusivity.

Cite at least one supporting example from the text as evidence for your ideas.


There are gender specific messages for both girls and boys in my culture. Girls are taught to play with baby dolls or something considered feminine such as dress up/house. They may wear pink and dress up in dresses or skirts. Girls are also perceived as shy and anxious, which is considered to be normal.  Boys are taught to be rough and play with trucks and cars. They are also taught to be domineering and aggressive. Boys are taught that they cannot wear bows in their hair as this is typical for girls only. This teaches gender roles for both sexes.

There are also ways in which gender neutrality can come into play. Boys and girls can be encouraged to play with playdoh or utilize arts and crafts during play. Both of these activities are gender neutral and do not send specific gender messages. Another example would include educational programs as these incorporate all children in both genders. Children that do not receive gender specific messages have a better chance of developing their gender identity.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Gender and Peer Relationships: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals  (4th ed. pp 181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.