Mars vs Venus

Gender stereotypes are basic ideas about the roles of each gender. They aren't positive or negative; they are just inaccurate ideas of the male and female attributes. Lots of times, people are guilty of stereotyping without realizing it like assuming women want to marry and have children, and all men love sports.

Gender stereotypes start the second a baby’s gender is found out. As soon as we find out it’s a girl, we immediately begin decorating a pink nursery filled with soft décor and butterflies and flowers. We don't realize we are setting our child up to be the "perfect lady," and teaching her how to be the stereotypical woman. We are teaching her that girls are supposed to wear dresses, serve food, and take care of babies.

Women should have "clean jobs" like secretaries and teachers

Women are nurses, not doctors

Women are not as strong as Men

The best women are stay at home mom's

Women are not politicians

Women are quieter then men

Women are responsible for raising children

Women are flirts

Women are never in charge

Let me tell you, that is not the women in this family!

Stereotyping is no different when it’s found out that a boy is on the way. The nursery is decked out in blue, his closet is filled with tiny jeans, polo shirts, and boots, and the theme is usually something like jungle animals or dinosaurs; something tough. Boys’ toys consist of trucks, dinosaurs, action figures, and video games. From the beginning boys are taught to be tough, to be protective, and to defend themselves. Boys are taught that daddy’s go to work and mommy’s stay at home; from their point of view, boys have fun and girls do all the work.

Men enjoy working on cars

Men are not nurses, they are doctors

Men do "dirty jobs" like construction and mechanics

Men do not do housework or take care of the kids

Men don't cook, or sew, or do crafts

Men are in charge;

Men play sports

Men are good at math

Again, wrong, wrong, wrong. Not in my household, where both boys love to cook and are artistic!

Here are some of my outtakes:

Hope you enjoyed this

Until next time,

Laughter and Love

Diane

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