I just want to say, we are raised differently, whether we notice it or not. It may not even be our parents intending to do so- it may only be the media, the adds we see as kids. The movies we watch. All these things don’t seem as a problem at first, but if you look into it is almost impossible to do anything about it now. Even if the girl isn’t depicted as weak, there are still stereo types, and even small stereo types, can influence us greatly. Another problem, is that in movies, they often aren’t small stereo types, but they are things like- a guy who likes sport, and a girl who likes art. You may not even notice these stereo types now, but the truth is they exist- why do you think that even those people who were different genders and were raised the same way (by their parents) still have their differences (by differences i mean stuff like, the girl wears make up and has long hair, while the guy has short hair and likes sport). Its also about what you mean when you talk about what ‘raised’ actually means. Raised could also mean what we watch on TV- what movies, and cartoons we see, or what adds we see. When talking about the word ‘raised’ it could mean raised by parents, but also how the media affected you throughout that time. Say for instance- a small girl is watching TV (Even stuff like disney strongly depicts stereo types), and she watches a bunch of shows- some of which are directed at girls. She sees how only the girls are wearing makeup and glittery clothes- and how the guys are playing football. Obviously- she can tell the difference between a guy and a girl, so she starts to think that she has to be like the girls on the TV show. Its very easy to influence children at such young ages, because they don’t understand these things. The girl might then see that this show that she just watched is also producing toys, (since the show is directed at girls) the stuff they are producing is makeup sets with the characters faces on the packaging, or dolls and art sets. This girl then grows up loving makeup and art- thinking that she shouldn’t be playing sports due to the influence she was put under. I can tell you as a fact that this stuff happens. I am only 14, but two years ago I hated sports and loved makeup (my parents raised me and my brother the same way). If I didn’t go to the school I go to (which is an international school, with people of all races)- and fall in with the friends I hang out with. I would be blind to this whole idea of discrimination. I love football now, and don’t necessarily love to do ‘girly things’. Still in my entire grade- no girl is interested in watching sports- only guys. I find this really sad. I face discrimination every day, just because I am a girl. When I talk to someone new, and bring up football or rap (I listen to rap music mostly) they look really surprised- just because I’m a girl. I also can’t join the guys football team, because I’m a girl. They won’t let me play with them (when they are not at training) just because I’m a girl. I am really sick these stereo types- and maybe over time it can be changed- but the media has to stop. I am greatly affected by this, and the sad thing is every one is to blind to see it, they are doing studies like; ‘are guys better at math’, or ‘how does music affect different genders’. To try to see how we are different- but it was proven that male and female brains are the same- so its all just our influence and the media.
I hope you took the time to read this and that you are now convinced