Gender Differences Essay

863 words - 4 pages

Minisha Morris
Psych 313
Due: 5 December 2012
Extra Credit Assignments

Boy, Girl, or Neutral:
You Be The Judge

On December 3, 2012, I had the opportunity to visit a local toy store (Toys R' Us) and observe the gender stereotypes that were portrayed throughout the store. During this visit I also was able to talk to some of the customers or patrons about their thoughts on the toys and why they would buy a gender neutral toy specifically for a boy or girl. How they think it affects the development of the child and the results of buying a gender specific toy for the opposite sex.
After visiting the toy store, it was clear that many of the toys were definitely gender specific; ...view middle of the document...

Many of the games and toys located throughout the store had a certain distinction when it came to being for a specific gender i.e. the color. But another thing that was noticed that was a clear distinction between the two genders were the images found on the boxes and packaging of the toys. One example that I noticed was two magnetic easels that were next to each other. On one of the packages of the easel, the color of the easel was pink and the other easel was blue. Standing side by side in the packaging showed a clear distinction of the different gender's. Packaging wise, the images on the boxing was also depicted to be gender specific. Many of the images either portrayed an emphasis on family and friends for females and for males destruction and war. These images emphasis the way society view males and females and is directly shown through the packaging, colors, and images.
Gender specific toys help with development because it plays on the accepted norms for females and males. How one should act, the colors one should like, and the preferences of both genders. Experiences with toys will definitely impact the way the child is raised or develops over time i.e. a girl who mainly plays with male specific toys usually turns out to be a tomboy rather than a girly girl. This also can be seen when a male is playing with female specific toys, they usually turn out to be more feminine...

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