Blog Post: Chapter 8

Reflecting on specific gender messages in your culture, clearly name 2 messages that are restrictive and 2 that inspire inclusivity. Cite at least one supporting example from the text as evidence for your ideas.


Our culture makes up their mind about gender identity the moment the sex of a child is known. Pink for girls and blue for boys. As a girl growing up it was all dresses and shiny shoes. A girl plays house, plays with Barbie and does not run around in the yard without a shirt. As women are taught that they are meant to be more sensitive about others feelings, boys are taught to be more aggressive. However, more recently the gender roles of society are becoming more fluid. Openness and acceptance about different gender identities have broadened expectations of what men and woman can do. Else-Quest, Hyde and Lynn (Cited by Blewitt & Broderick, 2010) report boys being better than girls at math is a myth. With girls continuing education increased since the myth first formed, these “good ol’ boy” thoughts are going by the wayside as girls and boys show similar performances in math. Another inclusive factor is the old myth about men being smarter than women has also been debunked. Blewitt & Broderick (2015) stated women and men just use different parts of their brains. Men use frontal and parietal lobes, while women tend to use different areas of their frontal lobes. Each is able to achieve high IQ’s, they just use different regions.


Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

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