Gender stereotypes start early

Agency Anomaly asked children if Santa could be a woman. Their replies are quite depressing:

 

It really makes me despair… no surprises, then, that women still earn a lot less than men for the same job, and are less likely to go for promotions and ask for a salary raise 😦

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3 thoughts on “Gender stereotypes start early

  1. scarletpen28 says:

    I am not sure that I see the connection between understanding that Santa is a man (he always is in the stories that I’ve read and his marriage has always been positioned as a heteronormative one to Mrs. Claus in anything that I’ve seen/read) and gender pay inequity.

    I absolutely believe in equal rights between the sexes and I hope that I live to see that one day. However, I do feel that people take it to the extreme and make being PC a way of life. I can’t fathom how thinking Santa is a man is offensive in any way.

    Lesbian couples exist, but I can’t imagine many kids (or adults) would think of Santa as a woman in a lesbian relationship with Mrs. Claus. Santa is an old tradition and an old story and I personally don’t see anything wrong with it as is.

    I do believe that everyone deserves respect, but I don’t believe that we need to change everything to accommodate every single person either. You can’t please everyone, it’s simply not possible, and I’m not sure that little kids having their minds overwhelmed with people choosing their gender is the best approach.

    There will be plenty of time for that and I don’t think childhood needs to be so fraught with politics and complications. It’s kind of sad, at least to me, that the world is becoming this way. I believe we need to teach our children but that we also need to be age appropriate. Putting confusing ideas in their minds before they are old enough to effectively process them doesn’t seem right to me.

    • anacanhoto says:

      Hi Scarlet, Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.

      I agree with your point about it being natural that children thing Santa is a man. And, yes, you are right that we can not be too PC with children.

      What disappointed me was the reasons that the children put forward to justify their reasoning. These included that a woman would not be strong enough to carry the presents, that she would be too busy looking after the baby, and that she would be good at cooking but not giving out presents. And these stereotypes carry on to what jobs women can do, or they are better at then men.

      I really should have taken the time to explain my reasoning.

      Thanks, again. And good luck with your 90 day fitness challenge.

      • scarletpen28 says:

        Oh, that makes total sense and I completely agree! Yes, please write a more detailed post because curious minds want to know the reasons behind your thinking 🙂

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