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.


One example of specific gender message that is often communicated to youth as they grow up is that boys play rough.  Whenever a boy is roughhousing with another boy, adults will often say “boys will be boys”.  It is assumed that boys will play in a more aggressive manner than their female counterparts.  If a female is seen playing rough, it can be a cause of concern and adults in her life will discuss the way a girl should behave.  The textbook calls this rough and tumble play, reporting that this occurs between boys during playtime (Bloderick & Blewitt, pg 296). Another gender specific message that is often portrayed is the color pink is for females and blue is for males.  Girl are often in pink colors and are geared towards domestic items such as babies, house, and cooking.  While boy toys are traditionally blue in color and have more active themes including sports activities, superheroes and weapons.  An example of one way our society inspires inclusivity is through the school system by providing children with the opportunity to work with their own gender and individuals who are of the opposite gender.  This helps children to start to identify their gender identity an build upon it.  In the education setting, more teachers and parents are realizing that children have the ability to learn skills that use to be labeled for one sex.  For example, math use to be considered to be a subject that boys tended to excel at; however it has been proven that girls can also excel in that area as well.  Because of that they are given more of an opportunity to strive in math related subjects.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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