Breaking Free From Gender To See Your Child For Who They Are

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!


We allow a lot of segregation for gender, think about if this was race.
— Dr. Christia Spears Brown

Check out Dr. Brown's book Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue

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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. 

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