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Examples of Gender Stereotypes

Early Years

Girls should play with dolls and boys should play with trucks

 

Boys should be directed to like blue and green; girls toward red and pink

 

Boys should not wear dresses or other clothes typically associated with "girl's clothes"

During Youth

Girls are better at reading and boys are better at math

 

Girls should be well behaved; boys are expected to act out

       

Girls and are not as interested as boys in STEM subjects;

 

Boys should engage in sports and refrain from more creative pursuits; 

 

Boys and men are expected to use violence and aggression to prove their manliness;

 

A boy that doesnt use violence or aggression is an understandable target for bullying;

 

Girls should be thin and beautiful to make them appealing to men;

 

As Adults

Victims of intimate partner violence are weak because they stay in the relationship

 

There is something wrong with a woman who doesn’t want children 

 

Assertive women are unfeminine and are "bossy," "bitches” or “whores”

 

Women are natural nurturers; men are natural leaders

 

Women don’t need equal pay because they are supported by their husbands

 

Women who appear less feminine or reject advances from men are lesbians

 

Women with children are less devoted to their jobs

 

Men who spend time with family are less masculine and poor breadwinners

 

In heterosexual couples, women should take time off to care for children or elders

 

Men who are not aggressive and/or assertive are unmanly and likely gay

 

Same-sex couples cannot make good parents

 

A transgender or gender non-confirming person is profoundly wrong

 

Women are too emotional to undertake certain kinds of work, especially while pregnant

 

Men are too impersonal and not emotionally apt to take on tasks "better done by women"

 

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