I found this feature very interesting. I don't know how much my comment relates to the subject, but this is just an observation I have made about gender roles: My wife and I raised four daughters, who we are very proud of. One of our daughters has a little three year old girl, who my wife and I sometimes help take care of. It has occurred to me that there is more to the idea that boys and girls are often raised differently from each other than the parent's, or grandparent's, preconceived ideas. These differences are sometimes driven by the child. For example, when three year old Katie comes home from nursery school she usually wants to immediately change into a "beautiful dress" and wear a grown like a "princess" Her mother was not like this, and her father certainly doesn't have it in his mind that his daughter has to dress up, and look "pretty." So, she is "driving" our behavior toward her. When she puts on a fancy outfit we are bound to say that she looks "beautiful." On the other hand, her cousin Carter, who is only two weeks older, has just about always loved to play with tractors, toy construction equipment, trucks, and so on. He knows the names of all the different types of construction vehicles,better than any of us can remember them. So, when I help watch him, we focus on his interests. His father, my son-in-law, says he wasn't anything like his son at his age, and his mother verifies that. So, we could tell Katie: "don't you realize that you are behaving in a stereotypical female role, and this might be limiting to your future down the road" but I don't think she'd get it. She'd probably just cry. And we could tell Carter something similar about his interests, but he'd also cry. As to why Katie has chosen to love what society says is stereotypical a female interest, and Carter has chosen to love what society says is stereotypical a male interest, I have no idea.
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