Bachelor of Arts
Preschool, Gender, Body, Roles, Masculine, Feminine
The methods through which children learn to identify with a gender and its ascribed roles in United States society have been documented thoroughly in both psychology and sociology. Although there are many researchers who agree that gender roles are limiting, stereotypical expressions of gender, they exist and continued to be learned by children, nevertheless. How are children's gender roles enforced? Why do children continue to grow up knowing what to attribute as "masculine" or "feminine"? One interesting way that stereotypical gender roles are enforced is through processes that gender children's bodies.
Paine, Abigail D., "Gendering Bodies in Preschool: The Importance of the Interconnectedness of Race, Class, and Gender" (2000). Honors Papers. 514.