Why do boys play with trucks and why do girls play with dolls? What do girls and boys want to be when they grow up? Is this what they really want or is it shaped by expectations of society? What do children and parents think?
Soho Parish School in central London is asking these questions. It is running a two-week programme of lessons, from 18-29 June 2012, that will cover all aspects of gender stereotypes. The emphasis of the lessons will be on asking questions, not making assumptions. Why are there differences in the behaviour, aspirations and attributes of boys versus girls, why do they exist and what are the implications?
The project has the following aims:
• to encourage children to fulfill their potentials as individual human beings, and to not be restricted by gender labels
• to raise awareness of gender stereotypes among schoolchildren
• to stimulate discussion and debate