I’m not sure about all the implicit association and bias stuff but I think about this stuff a lot in regards to education. I’d say these 5 suggestions certainly apply to any adult that has a role in a child’s life. As an educator, I constantly try to deter the onslaught of messaging and socialization that happens on a pretty consistent and aggressive level to push young children into ‘appropriate’ gender roles. This process seems to be much more for the benefit of the adults who won’t try to understand the myriad of ways we interact with gender and sexuality as opposed to the boringness of boys will boys and girls will be girls.
These suggestion seem fairly obvious but they require us to challenge our own preconceptions of normal behavior for ourselves as well as the children we care for. Patience.
2. Engage Girls in Physical Activities
3. Pause before You Shrug off Your Boy’s Tears or Pain
4. Intentionally Spend 20 Minutes a Day in Positive Interaction with Boy Infants
5. Allow Safe Expressions of Anger in Boys and Girls