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ERIC Number: ED099806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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Does Mama Bear Always Serve the Porridge? Sex-Role Stereotyping in School Reading Materials.
Hagar, Margaret E.; Deffenbaugh, Sue
Sex role stereotyping is the process by which people are defined by their sex rather than by their thoughts, feelings, interests, and abilities. It is the portrayal of people in typical situations as determined by their sex and does not allow either males or females to express the totality of their humanity. This paper discusses the problem of sex role stereotyping in terms of school children and the sex role messages communicated to them through the schools. A brief summary of the findings of a study of sex bias in reading materials conducted by Women on Words and Images is presented. Numerous recommendations on how to deal with the situation in the schools and in children's reading materials are offered and include the following: complaining to publishers, principals, school boards, and so on; using outside materials more extensively in the classroom; revising teacher's manuals for existing texts; playing role-reversal games; and having children compare their images of the ideal woman to their images of the ideal man. (TO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (18th, Bethesda, Maryland, October 31-November 2, 1974)