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Gender Bias in the Real World

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Gender bias is everywhere.  Are you teaching and mentoring with gender bias?  How you were raised and how you raise your children matters.

Gender bias thinking

Gender bias doesn’t help anyone, and it can actually do a lot of damage.

Assumptions and stereotypes are wrong and dangerous.

With gender bias thinking, you tend to buy into and teach:

  • More traditional male and female roles; for example, women raise girls to cook and clean
  • Gender socialization based on established cultural norms; for example, boys like blue and girls like pink
  • Different toys and play items for boys and girls; for example, girls play with dolls and boys play with trucks
  • Girls and women as primary caregivers; for example, expecting the responsibilities of caring for children and aging parents to be embraced by women and avoided by men, despite availability or skill set
  • Antiquated notions of masculinity and femininity that can be toxic; for example, boys and men don’t cry (“man up!”) and girls and women are weak and require male protection (“HELP ME!”)

Lack of gender fluidity

With gender bias, there is a rigid belief about the existence of a male body and a male brain, a female body, and a female brain with little room for distinctions, exceptions, or neutrality.

With gender fluidity, there is a belief that people who are born male can, in fact, be females born in a male body and vice versa.  As they mature, they recognize this and choose to make changes to their biology.

There is also a belief that people can be gender-neutral in spirit, physical appearance, and in behavior.

Gender neutrality makes us question the very nature of gender as a biological and social construct.

Gender experiment in the U.K.

An older social experiment and documentary in the United Kingdom (Boys and Girls Alone, 2002) has garnered more recent attention on social media due to the questions it raises about gender bias.  Of course, culture also plays an important role.

Ten boys and ten girls aged 11-12 were separated into two different homes without adult supervision (but with access to adult help, if needed) for five days.

What happened?  The good, the bad, and the ugly:

Boys:

  • On day one, the boys painted the walls, threw food on the floor, and played with water guns
  • Even though all of them took a cooking class earlier, none of them cooked, choosing cereal and sugar snacks instead
  • The boys divided into two groups, one loud and noisy and the other one more subdued
  • The boys exhibited bullying behavior toward one boy, in particular
  • By the fifth day, the house was trashed

Girls:

  • On day one, one girl cooked dinner for the group and they all ate together around the kitchen table. Afterward, they organized a fashion show and dessert
  • After the first day, the girls cooked, ate, cleaned, and planned activities together
  • The girls created lists and delegation of responsibilities for household chores
  • Two girls ended up leaving the group and they organized the home before they left

Girls and boys sometimes behave differently.  Is this biology or socialization?

Let’s break the cycle.

Girls and boys raised with gender bias become biased adults.  As a society, we CAN raise our children without gender bias.  Then, we can see what happens.

Photo credit:  Andrew Seaman, Unsplash

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