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Conforming Our Children After observing the interactions of families at a local toy store it is possible to say that societys standard for gender roles are even enacted in young children The stereotypes are introduced to them by way of family members and the media These influences teach children that they are supposed to like and dislike certain things to be considered normal For the most part the boys shy away from the forbidden pink zone The boys seemed to be disinterested in the dolls and skipped the aisle all together They appeared to be more interested in their action figures There was one boy who happened to be looking at a Ken doll until his older sister directed his way to his side of the store Likewise most girls stayed away from the boy zone though some of the girls seemed very interested in some of the cartoon action figures One girl recognized a certain doll from a television commercial and asked for it Her mother who just happened to be holding a Barbie turned down the girls request The fact that she was influenced by a television commercial shows how the media plays a part in this stereotyping There seemed to be more girls in the boys aisles than boys in the girls aisles This may be because society is more accepting of girls with a truck than of boys with a Barbie The reason may also just because the toys for boys have more to do with action which to some is an attractive characteristic when picking a toy There were certain toys that that attracted the attention of both boys and girls alike such as Legos and stuffed animals Both of these toys can either be considered for a girl or boy There is really no gender stereotype for such toys In the end most children did follow their gender stereotypes The biggest influence on the children at the toy
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