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Teaching activity

Gender Specific Toys

Sarah Best

1st September 2017

Many sociologists argue that gender stereotypes develop from a young age, starting with the toys that they are given to play with. The following BBC video turns this idea on its head and illustrates how easily adults actively reinforce these gender stereotypes.

This video could be used in an introductory session to Sociology, where students discuss their own understanding of gender stereotypes and where these come from (particularly if they have younger siblings):

BBC News: Gender specific toys

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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