Gender Trap Parents and the Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls

ISBN-10: 0814737838

ISBN-13: 9780814737835

Edition: 2012

Authors: Emily W. Kane

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From the selection of toys, clothes, and activities to styles of play and emotional expression, the family is ground zero for where children learn about gender. Despite recent awareness that girls are not too fragile to play sports and that boys can benefit from learning to cook, we still find ourselves surrounded by limited gender expectations and persistent gender inequalities. Through the lively and engaging stories of parents from a wide range of backgrounds,The Gender Trapprovides a detailed account of how today’s parents understand, enforce, and resist the gendering of their children. Emily Kane shows how most parents make efforts to loosen gendered constraints for their children, while also engaging in a variety of behaviors that reproduce traditionally gendered childhoods, ultimately arguing that conventional gender expectations are deeply entrenched and that there is great tension in attempting to undo them while letting 'boys be boys' and 'girls be girls.'
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 297
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Emily W. Kane is Professor of Sociology, and a member of the Program in Women and Gender Studies, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Acknowledgments
Introduction "Glamour Babies" and "Little Toughies"
Wanting a Girl, Wanting a Boy: Conceptual Building Blocks
"It's in Their Nature": Naturalizers
"I Think a Lot of It Is Us, Parents and Society": Cultivators
"We Try Not to Encourage It, but I Know It Gets in There": Refiners
"You Applaud All the Other Stuff": Innovators
"Surviving in a Gendered Culture": Resisters
Conclusion "A Better World": Dismantling the Gender Trap
Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
References
Index
About the Author
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