Eoghan O’Neill
TeachNet Moderator

Hi Rachel,

The gender stereotypes you have listed are probably common in many co-ed playgrounds. It’s likely that the move away from more physically active games happens in the middle and senior end of the school for girls. We really need to work to move away from situations where children are not pursuing their interests because they feel it is pigeon-holed as a ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ activity.

There has been so much attention drawn to gender equality in recent times, but we are still allowing stereotypes to thrive in so many ways. It is only since 2021 that Lego (and many other toy companies) have stopped appealing to specific genders. This article has an interesting take on it and participants may wish to have a look at it: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/11/lego-to-remove-gender-bias-after-survey-shows-impact-on-children-stereotypes

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