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ERIC Number: ED354530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 10
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Sex Stereotypes in Children's Literature.
Craft, Julia
The problem of sex stereotyping in children's literature has been around for as long as the genre itself, but it was brought to the forefront because of the women's movement in the 1970s. From the 1700s, critics were aware of the problems that arose from children's literature and its portrayal of characters and ideas, including "Cinderella" and "Robinson Crusoe." Society's views about children have altered over time. Today, psychologists are beginning to recognize the danger of expecting a certain kind of behavior from males or females, based on sex roles prescribed by society. Teachers must try to present children with a more realistic and complete view of society that avoids the sex typing that has existed since children's literature first emerged as a genre. Females, for example, have traditionally been attributed with negative characteristics and as having limited career choices. Females have been pictured as subservient to males. Female characters have been projected with narrow characteristics, and hardly ever heroic or even as protagonists. In short, teachers must try to keep these past sex biases away from their students by screening carefully the materials that they assign. Children must be encouraged to break down the social barriers that have been established through literature and through time. Teachers must not rely upon the expected, but should strive for something more. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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