SpineOut : February - March 2019
GENDER STEREOTYPES Aisling, Year 8 Brigidine College St Ives NSW SLIFEBITES pine Out FEBRUARY / MARCH 2019 Women have suffered from sexism since the beginning of humanity and today’s society should be beyond this. Not only should women have the same opportunities as men, they should be treated equally and with respect. Unfortunately, this is not the case. History is inundated with innumerable examples of sexism, which have built up a strong gender bias in the workplace, preventing women from achieving their potential. However, this patriarchal fortress could be destroyed if both men and women come together as one and strive for the common goal of equality. The sexist beliefs with which children are raised influence sexism more heavily than any other factor, as the way children’s brains are wired by society moulds the person they become and determines how they view the world around them. Children aren’t born sexist. They are taught by their parents to think in a particular way and, as they grow up, carry these beliefs with them to the workplace. It is the ways in which they are brought up that create sexism in their minds. Simple, seemingly harmless stereotypes, such as encouraging boys to play with trucks and girls to play with Barbies, teach them how to think about gender. Gender stereotypes are also encouraged early on in situations such as, when reading children bedtime stories, like fairy tales. We don’t seem to think twice about the fairy tales, which actually play a large part in This essay is centred on the reality that we teach our children sexism and the need for equality in our society.