Breaking Free From Gender To See Your Child For Who They Are
Are there actually gender differences among young boys and girls? In this episode of the Empathic Parent, I'm chatting with Dr. Christia Brown about the research on gender differences and stereotypes.
We dive in to:
The actually gender differences present in children
Why we need to make gender irrelevant
Why it's difficult for boys to break free from gender stereotypes
Examining the messages of gender specific programs
Why we need to address stereotypes and bias early and head-on
How teachers can facilitate cross-gender play
The long term problem with segregating genders
And so much more!
Christia Spears Brown, PhD, is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Kentucky and the Director of the Center for Equality and Social Justice. She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin and was previously a professor at UCLA. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and ethnic stereotypes among children and adolescents. In addition to more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written two books, one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes. Her work on the impact of gender stereotypes on children and adolescents has been featured widely in newspapers, magazines, radio, and national television.