Post 7: Problems with gender-stereotyped children

    During our lectures thus far in class we have looked at the situation of raising gender-stereotyped children and what problems there may be as a result of raising children this way. Gender-stereotyped children have been seen to develop many different problems. These problems tend to differ between boys and girls due to the stereotype they fit into. The factors that result from raising gender-stereotyped children cause there to be  limited developmental possibilities in many different areas of the child’s life. Because these children believe that these stereotypes depict what it means to be male or female they become limited emotionally, physically, behaviorally, academically, archivially, cognitively, and socially (lecture notes).

    Boys raised  by a family where there is a strong emphasis on gender-stereotypes are seen to be inhibited emotionally. These boys are taught that it is wrong to show emotion and are encouraged to keep their feelings inside. This may later affect their romatic relationships because they are not able to emotionally connect well with their partner.  Boys may also become more aggressive and may have greater chances of  having mental health issues later in life. Because these boys are taught that they must embody all the qualities that make them truely masculine they are seen to have more problems than boys raised androgynously (lecture notes).

    Girls are also affected by gender-stereotype raising. These girls show a lack of career aspirations because they believe that their place is at home taking care of the house and children. They are not as goal driven as other children. They have a lower self-esteem because they identify themselves as not equal to men. They spend more time on beauty emphasis so they can attract a good husband to take care of them. And they believe that they are not as good as men academically. All of these resulting factors seem to negatively affect the child in one way or another (lecture notes).

    However, children raised androgynously, meaning they are raised with high levels of male and female traits, seem to do very well.  They show a higher level of self-esteem, better communication skills, more socialibly competent, more motivated, more independent, and are more expressive of love (lecture notes). By raising a child to be able to express emotions as well as be goal oriented through androgynous raising techniques these children do much better in life overall. 

Lecture notes: November 12- November 17 2009

By: Ashley Crawford


~ by crawfordashley on November 23, 2009.

One Response to “Post 7: Problems with gender-stereotyped children”

  1. Right you are, however, I wonder, how about those children who are raised gender-neutral in some areas and gender specific in other. If a boy is taught to feel emotions the same as a girl, however is shown in other areas of his life about things more specifically for males, I wonder if that would provide any positive results…


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