The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently opened a study which showed that girls starting at the age of six are less likely to believe that people of their own gender are brilliant, which harkens back many studies from years and years ago.
Back in 2004, the AAAS did a study showing that children are not born with a sense of what is “socially acceptable” for their specific gender. They believe whatever they are told, whether that is to play with dolls or action figures, to wear dresses or pants.
The study and the article along with it say that we shouldn’t teach kids to be close-minded about these things, that kids should be raised to believe they can be whoever they feel is fit. Many students here at Stacey agree.
“I feel that kids should be raised in an open-minded home,” says an anonymous source. “And the fact that one whole gender is starting to think they are the minority and not equal really makes me sad,” they said.
The AAAS researchers state, “Children who are really, really smart come from both and all genders. We don’t fully understand why one gender feels submissive to another, but we think it might have to do with gender roles and what girls think their priorities should be.”
Some feminists at this school feel strongly about this subject.
“I think it’s a problem that the ‘like a girl’ thing is a negative statement because women nowadays are accomplishing more than men,” says Emme Armijo, an eighth grader here at Stacey.
“Gender roles are trash,” says another anonymous source. “It’s been proven throughout history that it doesn’t matter what gender you are, we all have the same potential.”
There is evidence to support this. For instance, the person who created Gucci was male and dating back to the 1600’s, the person who created Frankenstein was female.
Long story short, hello? 1950’s? You left your gender roles in this era, could you come and pick them up, please?
*It was not lost on the editorial staff that two of our sources preferred to not be named. Clearly, this by itself speaks volumes about gender issues today.