Gender stereotypes perpetuate inequality and make it harder to see others as individuals; they put pressure on girls and boys to conform to certain notions of “masculinity” and “femininity,” beginning at a very young age. Teachers play an extremely important role in reducing gender stereotyping and helping children retain their individuality. Yet too often teachers are not aware that they too unwittingly perpetuate these roles. Join us – you’ll come away with a whole new lens on classroom dynamics.
atch SPOILED the film version – stream live, FREE this month – then listen to my conversation with Violence Prevention Specialist Eric McGriff from the Crime Victims Treatment Center in NYC. We discuss masculinity, violence, parenting, cops, the future of gender relations – and much more!
We want children to be treated as individuals, yet gender stereotypes are pervasive, boxing children into behaviors and roles unsuited for them. What to do? Where to start? In this first of a four-part series, we’ll talk about recognizing gender bias in children, parents, and ourselves. Following sessions will look at gender fluidity, the new boyhood, “tomboys and sissies,” and more.
Why does it seem so hard to raise a healthy man these days? What is the new masculinity? And what can we, as educators, do to help the next generation of men? For many years, gender equality in the classroom has focused on girls, and rightly so. But all is not well in the new boyhood – and this needs our attention, now! Session II will take a look at how cultural norms still force boys into a traditional box that no longer serves them or society, how we might be inadvertently perpetuating stereotypes that harm boys, and what we can do so the next generation of men will be healthier, happier, and more gender-equal. We’ll also do a quick review of Session I, in case you missed it, and include resources for more learning. This will be an interactive session; we encourage questions, comments, and sharing of stories and resources.
The Competencies Project http://www.newgate.edu
The Museum of Political Corruption museumofpoliticalcorruption.org