Gender stereotypes easing for some?

As progressive individuals reproduce and begin to socialize their own children, there’s a push to overcome rigid traditional gender stereotypes. Yet, this deviation from the norm is consistently met with backlash and hostility. Are we damaging our children by allowing little girls to play sports, enjoy building toys, or encouraging our little boys to play with dolls, allowing them to like the color pink, etc? This argument is at the forefront (yet, again) after the creative director of JCrew, Jenna Lyon’s, ran a promotion depicting her 5 year-old-son’s toenails painted with pink nail polish. The caption read, “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.” The promotion sparked huge backlash as well as overwhelming support as the debate about how to best parent raged on. You can read the article in its entirety here.

The debate posed a great question, are gender stereotypes easing for girls more so than boys? If so, in what ways? What are your thoughts?

On the other side of the argument, I beg to differ that pressures to conform to rigid gender roles are easing at all. With examples such as Suri Cruise, I almost think quite the opposite.


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