Children's best interest
by Dong-Le on September 20, 2013 - 9:31pm
This article interests me since it raises a subject on gender stereotypes. There are toy companies that are starting to adopt their marketing without labeling their products to specific genders. This caught my attention by strangely bringing me mixed feelings about this situation. I am a person who strongly believes that everyone should be able to decide for themselves. However, personally, it would probably bother me a little bit if I had a son who would develop a main interest in dolls. However, that must be due to the fact that I was raised in an environment where a guy should have certain masculine characteristics.
Should we decide for the children what kind of interests is appropriate to their gender?
In my point of view, we shouldn’t let anyone decide for our child what they should like. At this point we are just forcing or applying our ideas on a certain gender. They have the rights to choose their preferences. We shouldn’t let society brainwash our children into thinking that a certain gender should have a specific and ideal image. This is just furthering down the path of stereotypes that separates boys and girls. They should be able to decide for themselves. Certain interests are not all reserved for only guy or girl. There are many cases that demonstrate that the notions of feminine or masculine are not permanent and can be fluent. For example, there is an interesting animated TV series called "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" that mainly targets little girls as an audience, but strangely there are many adult man who loves that show. To add, this does not affect on their gender self identification.
Then again, society is not so nice towards kinds that do not fit their perspective. The idea of a male or female can take its roots from thousands of years ago. It would be incredibly hard to erase some traits that are associated to a certain gender. For one point, a parent might decide what kind of toys his child should take interest in just in case he wouldn’t get pressured by society’s beliefs. It would be for their children’s protection, so that the child wouldn’t get bullied or feel left out. Or maybe it is a necessity to indentify ourselves and draw a line to differentiate between guys and girls.
Should a gender have particular traits that defines it one from another?