Gender Stereotypes

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From the moment we are born, our parents begin to identify us by our genders. The way they take care of us and the way they speak to us help others identify whether we are males or females. Many people don’t realize that the way they treat their children determine the way they think when they grow older. Even though every person is born with their own minds and their own hearts, the way they are brought up can alter the personalities of their offspring.
If a male is born, they are typically dressed in harsher colors, such as blue and gray. If a female is born, however, they are typically dressed in lighter tones, such as pink and peach. Males are told to wear loose fitting clothes, like t-shirts, loose jeans, and sneakers, while females are encouraged to wear things that appear cute, such as dresses, hairbands, and flats. Because of this, they are conditioned to believe that they are meant to wear specific types of clothing, because throughout their lives, they were told ‘girls are meant to wear this and boys are meant to wear that.’ When they grow older, they still believe that, and they heed their parents’ words. Seldom do I spot a kindergarten boy wearing a dress to school, and rarely do I see a kindergarten girl with a short haircut. Their parents are also brought up thinking that their kids are meant to look a certain way, and they pass that knowledge onto their children hoping that their grandchildren will also fit into the social norms of gender. While I do agree that parents should condition their kids to wear specific types of clothing, I still feel as though they are treating them as if they are objects that are made to play dress-up. I think that while growing up, children should be more open to ideas rather than restricted to the beliefs that only their parents go by. If their baby girl wants shorter hair, or if their baby boy wants to wear a hairclip,…...

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