Sample Gender Studies Paper on Should parents attempt to foster traditional gender roles or androgyny in their children?

The society uses gender to classify individuals based on certain behaviors, approaches and feelings that correlates with one’s sexual orientation. People usually see themselves as masculine (male), feminine (Female), androgynous (significant contribution from both characteristics) or undifferentiated (having insufficient levels of both the characteristics) (Doren).

In my opinion, parents should raise their kids in gender neutral manner. A child raised in a gender neutral or androgynous manner will have more exposure and will develop characteristics based on this large range of exposure. This will help the child develop skills and talents that are not just restricted to a certain gender. Although it is not possible to raise children in a completely gender neutral environment, but categorizing them to restrict them to ‘pinks’ and ‘blues’ is not a very wise approach (Bosley).

Raising a kid in a gender neutral manner helps them develop interests other than what is expected of them, enabling them to stand out and bring real changes to the society. Parents who allow their children to explore maximum amount of options, propel them towards becoming more creative. These children are found to have better communication skills and understanding of the opposite gender, which in turn promotes compassion and kindness in the society. They tend to grow into more independent and confident adults. They can help promote issues like gender equality in smarter manner, since they inherently develop good leadership skills. Thus helping the oppressed in the process. Raising a kid in a gender neutral environment not only shapes their personality for the better but also saves them from mental illnesses like gender dysphoria, where the person cannot seem to decide their gender identity (Bosley).

 

References

Bosley, Danielle. “10 Reasons To Raise A Gender Neutral Child And 5 Reasons To Avoid It.” 11th Nov 2017.

Doren, Megan Van. “Fostering Traditional Gender Roles or Androgyny in Children.” (2015).