The world is full of categories, and one of the first categories humans are made aware of as a child is gender. However, although young children can understand their gender, they view gender as something that is not permanent. But as children mature, they form a better understanding of gender and understand that it is something that does not change. They also become aware of the typical roles of men and women from the activities both genders indulge in. According to the article titled ‘Trapped In Binaries’ in schoolsofequality.com, ‘Masculinities and femininities are thus not innate but are based on and derived from social and cultural conditions. These form elements of what can be called a ‘gender identity’ and there exist masculinities and femininities: they are plural and dynamic ie. subject to change in culture and in individuals’.
With changing times, the difference between the traditional responsibilities of men and women has blurred to a large extent and is not as distinct as it used to be. To take this further and create a gender equal world, it is necessary for parents to educate their children about gender equality.
There are a lot of things you can do to teach gender equality to your child. The first is to start early by finding opportunities in your daily life to teach gender equality. Encourage your child to appreciate the difference that make both genders unique. You should also pay attention to gender stereotypes when selecting toys for your child.
For your child to grow up into a caring and socially conscious individual, you should teach him to believe in and promote gender equality.
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