Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/22/2011

Saturday Vids: Kids Interviewed About Gender

*Sigh* looks like gender stereotypes aren’t exactly being alleviated with the next generation. I mean, seriously, the parents who let their child wear safety goggles to the TV interview weren’t open minded enough to teach him that gender stereotypes aren’t fact? Go figure.

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  • Alex F @ at 11:35 am, January 22nd, 2011

    Looks like these kids need some of Marlo Thomas and Friends’ “Free to Be…You and Me”!

  • Katherine C. @ at 1:18 pm, January 22nd, 2011

    Oh crap.

  • Alien Guardian @ at 5:38 pm, January 22nd, 2011

    You can’t expect a child to be gender-enlightened.

  • Zoe @ at 6:52 pm, January 22nd, 2011

    @Alien Guardian I agree, you can’t expect them to have progressive views on gender. I think what is important to take from this is that children are learning solid gender roles from a very, very young age and that in order to make a more accepting society, we need to reconsider what we teach our children.

  • Natalia @ at 6:56 pm, January 22nd, 2011

    The one that shocked me the most was the kid who pointed only at the Ken doll when he was asked “Who works?”. I thought that both parents always work now :S (especially with the recession).

    “Which doll likes to clean the house?” Does anyone in this world like cleaning anyway?! :S

  • alicia @ at 4:48 pm, January 24th, 2011

    lol, well i wouldnt really expect any 6 year old girl to be considering the possibility of “becoming a boy”…or vice versa.

  • A @ at 7:10 pm, January 26th, 2011

    when i was that age, i would have responded the same way with the dolls. it just so happens that where i live, in a suburban middle-class community, almost all fathers work and while about half the kids have working mothers, about 95% of the stay-at-home parents are female. i think that it would be interesting to survey kids from a variety of places of being raised, if these surveyors did not, to get a more comphrehensive response.

  • Liz @ at 11:27 am, January 27th, 2011

    the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media commissioned this video, which is a great way of showing how kids can easily learn that gender stereotypes are just stereotypes:

  • Simim @ at 2:37 am, March 23rd, 2011

    A 5-year old views becoming a girl or a boy the same way they view becoming a fish.

    In all honesty, it makes sense: they’re seeing this in a very literal, physical manner. “Boy” and “girl” aren’t concepts they’re interpreting as large ideas, rather as literal pictures.

    They’re viewing it as the same thing as red and green, basically. I’ve never had a child explain to me that there was some sort of deeper meaning behind being a boy or girl until they reached 7-10.

    I remember my friend’s daughter wouldn’t believe that a dalmation and a pomeranian were both dogs.

    On that same note, her mom worked, her dad stayed at home. She had the hardest time telling people mom cleaned sometime and dad cleaned sometime. She’d always put it all on dad. In her head, dad and mom were two separate things. They did different things, they looked different, acted different, etc. Mom didn’t clean and if she did she was “trying to act like daddy.”

    Categorization is something kids do in order to learn. It’s not necessarily set in stone. When Emily got to school she started coming home with questions like “Why doesn’t daddy go to work?” Because people were telling her different things. Lots of people. Repeatedly.

    Right now she still thinks everyone else is weird because their mommies don’t go to work everyday, though. XD

  • Renee @ at 3:07 pm, August 28th, 2011

    umm I really see no (for lack of a better word) problem with this….these are five kids who probably have the same socio-economic background and kids are only going to tell you something based on what they know (and it will always be presented as fact) for example if you asked anybody growing up in my neighborhood they’d say “mommie works and grandma takes care of the kids”
    I’m not saying that gender stereotypes don’t exist (we all KNOW they do) I just think they couldbe had a more solid basis for it if they went across the board in terms of socio-economic background

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