Gender Appropriate and Inappropriate Behaviors
Dr. Jaquetta Stevens (Standard Copyright License)
August 5, 2016
Assignment 1: LASA 2: Gender Appropriate and Inappropriate Behaviors Recent headlines have sparked heated debate about whether boys should be allowed to dress as girls. For example, a 5-year-old boy in Seattle who enjoys things traditionally for girls, such as jewelry, the color pink, and dresses was supported and encouraged by his mother, who wrote a book about him called “My Princess Boy”. A J. Crew ad featured a mother painting her young boy’s toenails hot pink (CBS News, 2011 April 13). Reactions ranged from outrage and disbelief to support of the mothers. On the flipside, girls who shun traditionally “girly things” such as dresses and flowers in favor of more traditional “boy things” such as watching or playing sports, rough-and-tumble play, and choosing boys as friends are often called tomboys. For either sex, choosing to engage in activities traditionally reserved for a specific sex can result in teasing and accusations of homosexuality.