Gender Bias

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PRINCESSES
EVERYWHERE
Gender Bias in International schools
WHEN I’VE DONE THIS BEFORE…
WHERE I COME FROM….
TESTS
From: Beyond Dolls and Guns: 101
Ways to Help Children Avoid Gender
Bias
By Susan Hoy Crawford
RACISM TEST
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Substitute characters or terms that apply to
different racial groups
Girls
Boys
Jews
Christians
WORKPLACE TEST
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Would it be legal in the workplace?
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Phone lists separated by gender
ROLE REVERSAL TEST
Does the meaning change if the gender role is
reversed?
 Does reversing the characters make it seem odd
or ridiculous?
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QUANTITY TEST
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Girls are often omitted in
Books
 TV shows
 Movies
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Winnie the Pooh Characters
Pooh bear
Tigger
Christopher Robin
Rabbit
Eeyore
Piglet
Owl
Roo
Kanga
Gender
Male
Male
Male
Male
Male
Male
Male
Male
Female
ISOLATION TEST
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Are genders separated for reasons other than
toileting privacy or discussing reproduction
Boys line/ girls line
 Girls – birds; Boys - squirrels
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SEXUAL STEREOTYPE TEST
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Are certain stereotypes perceived as better?
Boys are stronger
 Girls are quieter
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Positive ones can hamper growth of individuals
MISOGYNY TEST (HATRED OF WOMEN)
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Are men or boys the norm?
“Throws like a girl”
 “Sissy”
 “Drives like a woman”
 Kill the girl
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Almost no words for a girl to equate her with a
boy
APPLICATIONS
OF GENDER BIAS
LANGUAGE
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Try using words inclusive of all humans
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Mankind
Man-made
Manpower
Manhole
Man the phones
Man-sized
Humanity
Synthetic, manufactured, artificial
work force, staffing
utility hole
Staff the phones
big, large
LANGUAGE
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Children understand male-gender language to
mean male
Cave men
 Cave people
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GENDER DOMINATION
Can be visually observed
 Prerogatives one gender takes over another
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Football field
 Computer
 House area/blocks
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WORD ORDER
“Boys and girls”
 “Mr. and Mrs.”
 “he/she”
 “Ladies and Gentlemen”
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Non parallel terms
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Chivalrous/chaste
Unequal parallel terms
Bachelor/spinster
 Housekeeper/butler
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TEACHERS CAN
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Teach respect
TEACHERS CAN
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Let boys cry
TEACHERS CAN
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Encourage manual dexterity
TEACHERS CAN
Avoid comments about clothes in greetings
 Fashion
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Pink/blue
TEACHERS CAN
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Toys
TEACHERS CAN
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Work to change school policy
TEACHERS CAN
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“It for animals”
WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING….
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For children to be..
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