Many Ways to Be a Girl, but One Way to Be a Boy: The New Gender Rules

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Nov 15, 2018 | New York Times, Claire Cain Miller

In this article from the New York Times, Claire Cain Miller assesses the findings of a representative poll of 1,000 children and adolescents on the attitudes to gender of a generation on the verge of adulthood. In the age groups 10 to 19 boys seem to have been largely left out of the conversation about gender equality. Even as girls’ options have opened up, boys’ lives are still conditioned by traditional gender norms, strength, athleticism, and stoicism. Girls feel more empowered, except in relation to their looks. A majority of girls said that although sexism was still a problem, they felt empowered. They were slightly more likely than boys to say being a leader was a very important life goal, offering evidence of a significant shift in gender expectations.


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