Gender Typing in Early Childhood
Gender Role Expectations
Boys are expected to be assertive, active, and independent, while girls are expected to be more passive, delicate, and dependent (Berk, 2010)
Toy manufacturers market toys for boys and girls that are gender-specific, maintaining traditional gender roles (Peretti & Sydney, 1984).
Parental Toy Preference
Not everyone agrees with the traditional gender roles
Girl’s rant targets gender roles, toys
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