Gender Roles? Sexist? Or How We Are Raised?

Some women might take offense to the comment, “You’re a woman! You should know how to cook!” or “You should know how to take care of that child, you’ve been training for it.” Women may even find those to be sexist comments. When in all reality, those comments are not that far from the truth. With advertisement and products designed to grab the attention of children and their parents, what do you expect? Parents have been raising their children in gender specific roles for generations, maybe without even realizing it. What are some products that grab the attention of young girls? The Easy Bake Oven is the perfect example of raising a child in a specific gender role, the ability to bake.


Everything about this product appeals to one specific gender, from the purple exterior with flowering wavy designs, to the pictures on the front of the box with three little girls having a blast. I don’t care how delicious those cookies or brownies are, 99% of the time you won’t see parents buying this for their son. Other products specifically designed for girls and a specific role would be the Baby Alive Dolls, Just Like Home Deluxe Cleaning Set- Pink, and the Barbie 3- Story Dream Town House. These are just examples of products that feed off of gender roles. Before you go too hard on a guy for saying those things, you have to realize that you were not the only ones affected by those products that target girls. It may sound silly, but boys were raised watching girls being brought up in those gender roles. So as girls are learning to cook, clean, and take care of babies, boys are learning that that’s a girl’s role. As another blogger put it…

“Parents are known as “our first teachers,” they are the ones who have the most control over the outcome of their children.”(Gender Socialization :D) By, dwesh

I’m sure you all have heard the saying “It’s not my fault, it’s how I was raised”……Well, that may very well be the case.


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3 Responses to Gender Roles? Sexist? Or How We Are Raised?

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  2. Tommy,
    I liked this article. It is true that society places an image on the roles of gender. Also, this is seen in the way parents raise their children. In my family I grew up with 2 older brothers. My dad taught us how to be “men.” This meant we were expected to play sports and do all the “manly” things you see in society. I’m sure if there was a girl in my family my mother would have raised her based on southern principles because she is from the south and that would have included cooking, baking, cleaning, shopping, etc.

  3. I get what you’re saying here, but I think you’ve kind of garbled up some different terms without explaining what they mean. What is the difference between something being a traditional gender role (women cook) and something being sexist (you’re a woman you should know how to cook)? And how does the way we are raised shape both of those things?

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