ERIC Number: ED221436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
My Daddy Might Have Loved Me: Student Perceptions of Differences between Being Male and Being Female.
Results of a survey of 3rd through 12th grade students illustrate that the majority perceive traditional sex roles as their only choice. The sample consisted of approximately 2,000 students in both large metropolitan districts and smaller rural districts throughout Colorado. Participants were asked to respond to a single question: If you woke up tomorrow and discovered that you were a (girl) (boy), how would your life be different? Several underlying themes emerged from the responses. For example, females learn that it is best not to work outside the home, but if one does, one should choose from a limited number of career options. They learn that their most valuable asset is their appearance and that they should be dependent, compliant, and fearful. Males are taught that females are to be treated as sex objects; that males should be independent, competitive, and aggressive; and that their activities are less restricted than females. Both sexes tend to avoid nontraditional courses and extracurricular activities. Educators interested in addressing these issues should contact committees organized under Title IX education amendments, parents' organizations, and sex equity teams. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver. Inst. for Equality in Education.