For parents, the trap of pushing children toward traditionally gendered outcomes is sometimes baited by beliefs about biology, personal preferences, and unconscious actions. Even when it isn’t, the routine assumptions and everyday judgments of friends, relatives, teachers, children’s peers, and strangers can bait that same trap. Parents can try to create a less constraining world for their children, but the rest of us will need to suspend our judgments and applaud their efforts.
Emily W. Kane, author of the forthcoming The Gender Trap: Parents and the Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls responds to Ruth Padawer’s NYT article. Head on over to our blog to read the rest of Emily’s post.
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