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

by Emily W. Kane - £21.99  New York University Press (2012)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780814737835 | ISBN 10: 0814737838

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.'

(Price & availability last checked: September 2019)

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In booklists: Parenting Girls and Young Women, Positive Parenting, Parenting Boys and Young Men,
In categories: Children & Young People, Men & Masculinity,

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