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Monday, April 22, 2013

Challenging Gender Stereotypes Begins at Pre-School

A boy goes to school wearing pink shoes. big deal, right? Well, some parents apparently think it is. They are at fault. AOL posted a short version and a full version of a HuffPost segment on the story, in which I get to relate the tale of the boy who went to school with pigtails. The boy was the son of Cornell psychologists Daryl and Sandra Bem known for their works in androgyny and gender studies, so he knew what to do when another little boy teased him.

Pink Shoes In Pre-School


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Great post. Recommended reading: "Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do About It" by Dr. Lise Eliot.

Posted by: hush | Apr 23, 2013 2:04:21 PM

I'm not quite sure what I find more amusing -- the outrage over the shoes, or the outrage over that outrage.

Posted by: andy | Apr 22, 2013 2:26:31 PM

In high school, I was on a regional math team that included the son of Daryl and Sandra Bem. He was a math prodigy who was an individual top scorer at ARML and was also a top-5 finisher in the Putnam Competition. From my recollection, he did not compete wearing pigtails and was physically indistinguishable from the other (largely male) geeks on the team.

Posted by: anon | Apr 22, 2013 1:42:07 PM

It would be nice to think that young women are growing up gender-neutral in their interests and pursuits, but alas, I don't find it to be true. I will be convinced when women start excelling at STEM in significant numbers, or even gain awards in Econ. When will they start playing chess, or doing filmmaking, architecture, cabinetmaking, haute couture, haute cuisine or solo adventure travel?

In the meantime, I guess I'll just have to be happy enjoying them for dancing and shopping!

Posted by: jimbino | Apr 22, 2013 11:44:03 AM

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