Study Shows That Girls Start Experiencing Gender Stereotypes From The Age Of 6!

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A recent study showed the stark difference between how society views boys and girls. Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge at very early ages and influence children’s interests. Here are the details from the article.

Source: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/35...

According to the study girls start viewing boys as being smarter starting from the age of 6.

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This same isn't true for girls aged 5. 5-year-old girls view their own gender as being smarter, the same way 5-year-old boys do.

So what changes in 1 year?

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The answer is simple: Children become more aware of their surroundings at that age, and they can differentiate between individuals and society.

That means, they start paying more attention to society, and this society views boys as being smarter.

People google "is my son a genius?" twice as much as "is my daughter a genius?"

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When it comes to physical attributes things change. People google "is my daughter overweight" 70% more than "is my son overweight?"

What's interesting is that according to statistics the opposite is true.

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Let me elaborate, first of all even though boys are viewed as being smarter, girls are better at all their school subjects.

Secondly, even though people google more about girls' physical characteristics, boys suffer more from obesity.

Let's get back to the experiment.

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In the experiment, children aged between 5 and 7 were presented with two games, one for "children who are really, really smart," the other for "children who try really, really hard."

5-year-old boys and girls are interested in both games equally, but 6-year-old girls aren't very interested in the game which is for "children who are really, really smart".

Researchers wipe-out the possibility that the problem might be caused by the game itself.

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To prove this the researchers present the children with the same games but without defining them as "a game for children who are really, really smart," or "a game for children who try really, really hard."

They also do other experiments.

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The researchers read the children a story where the protagonist is described as being "really, really smart." Later they are shown pictures of two girls and then a picture of two boys and then ask "who was really, really smart?" the 5-year-old girls and boys pick their own gender.

The same story is read to 6-year-olds.

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While the boys pick their own gender, the 6-year-old girls differ from the 5-year-olds, they pick the opposite gender as the person who is "really, really smart."

So what can we do to stop this?

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It's actually pretty simple, just treat boys and girls equally. Don't make girls feel like they can't do what boys do, simply because they're girls.

No matter what you do, girls might develop false notions about their gender due to the society they live in. To stop this from happening, tell them that success comes with hard work not by being smart.

Give them role models.

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Introduce the children to successful women, let them see for themselves that women can, in fact, be very successful.

Girls who grow up empowered and happy become empowered and happy women and that leads to an equal society, which makes the world a better place.

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