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 Substitute characters or terms that apply to different racial groups Girls Boys Jews Christians WORKPLACE TEST Would it be legal in the workplace? 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? QUANTITY TEST Girls are often omitted in Books TV shows Movies 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 Are genders separated for reasons other than toileting privacy or discussing reproduction Boys line/ girls line Girls – birds; Boys - squirrels SEXUAL STEREOTYPE TEST Are certain stereotypes perceived as better? Boys are stronger Girls are quieter Positive ones can hamper growth of individuals MISOGYNY TEST (HATRED OF WOMEN) Are men or boys the norm? “Throws like a girl” “Sissy” “Drives like a woman” Kill the girl Almost no words for a girl to equate her with a boy APPLICATIONS OF GENDER BIAS LANGUAGE Try using words inclusive of all humans 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 Children understand male-gender language to mean male Cave men Cave people GENDER DOMINATION Can be visually observed Prerogatives one gender takes over another Football field Computer House area/blocks WORD ORDER “Boys and girls” “Mr. and Mrs.” “he/she” “Ladies and Gentlemen” Non parallel terms Chivalrous/chaste Unequal parallel terms Bachelor/spinster Housekeeper/butler TEACHERS CAN Teach respect TEACHERS CAN Let boys cry TEACHERS CAN Encourage manual dexterity TEACHERS CAN Avoid comments about clothes in greetings Fashion Pink/blue TEACHERS CAN Toys TEACHERS CAN Work to change school policy TEACHERS CAN “It for animals” WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING…. For children to be..