The Gender Trap: Parents and the Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls

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NYU Press, Aug 27, 2012 - Social Science - 297 pages
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From the selection of toys, clothes, and activities to styles of play and emotional expression, the family is ground zero for where children learn about gender. Despite recent awareness that girls are not too fragile to play sports and that boys can benefit from learning to cook, we still find ourselves surrounded by limited gender expectations and persistent gender inequalities. Through the lively and engaging stories of parents from a wide range of backgrounds, The Gender Trap provides a detailed account of how today’s parents understand, enforce, and resist the gendering of their children. Emily Kane shows how most parents make efforts to loosen gendered constraints for their children, while also engaging in a variety of behaviors that reproduce traditionally gendered childhoods, ultimately arguing that conventional gender expectations are deeply entrenched and that there is great tension in attempting to undo them while letting 'boys be boys' and 'girls be girls.'      Instructor's Guide  
 

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Contents

Glamour Babies and Little Toughies
1
Wanting a Girl Wanting a Boy Conceptual Building Blocks
27
Its in Their Nature Naturalizers
53
I Think a Lot of It Is Us Parents and Society Cultivators
82
We Try Not to Encourage It but I Know It Gets in There Refiners
111
You Applaud All the Other Stuff Innovators
141
Surviving in a Gendered Culture Resisters
172
A Better World Dismantling the Gender Trap
199
Research Methods
219
Notes
237
References
255
Index
271
About the Author
287
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Emily W. Kane is Professor of Sociology, and a member of the Program in Women and Gender Studies, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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