Legos and Gender: A Girl’s View

Any trip to the toy store shows how gender norms are reinforced. Here’s how one girl reacted to the gender disparities in Legos:

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/02/02/7-year-old-girl-s-letter-lego-about-gender-stereotyping-toys-goes-viral#4ZB13ggwXt7GXr28.01

Comparing US and World Covers for Time Magazine – by David Harris Gershon

A great resource for talking about social construction of reality and perceptions/knowledge about the world! 

“Yes, what you see is TIME devoting its cover in international markets to a critical moment in Egypt’s revolution – perhaps the most important global story this week – while offering Americans the chance to contemplate their collective navels (with a rather banal topic and supposition, to boot).

This is not an isolated incident, for perusing TIME’s covers reveals countless examples of the publication tempting the world with critical events, ideas or figures, while dangling before Americans the chance to indulge in trite self-absorption.”

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/25/1039957/-STUNNING-Comparing-U-S-World-Covers-for-TIME-Magazine#

What We Mean When We Say ‘Race Is a Social Construct’

From , in the Atlantic (5/15/13)

“I am not being flip or coy. If you tell me that you plan to study “race and intelligence” then it is only fair that I ask you, “What do you mean by race?” It’s true I don’t always do math so well, but I understand the need to define the terms of your study. If you’re a math guy, perhaps your instinct is to point out the problems in the interpretation of the data. My instinct is to point out that your entire experiment proceeds from a basic flaw — no coherent, fixed definition of race actually exists.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/what-we-mean-when-we-say-race-is-a-social-construct/275872/

Learning about Gender and Being Female

There is a consensus among scholars that gender is socially constructed, but there is a lot of variation in terms of how it is constructed, both across cultures and within cultures. This is an example of a mother who chose a particularly empowering construction of female identity to share with her daughter!

http://fstoplounge.com/2013/05/real-women-forget-the-disney-princesses/