Gender Stereotypes

Our foundational perspective is that gender stereotyping is a pervasive and persuasive social construct which fosters a range of harms to individuals, groups and society at large. Working with children and young people to understand the origins and purpose of stereotypes is key to their critical thinking around innumerable subjects, including:

  • Violence Against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV)
  • Male-on-male violence
  • Healthy adult relationships including the sharing of childcare and household responsibilities
  • Mental health, particularly as it pertains to men and boys
  • Body image, eating disorders and addictions including bigorexia (muscle dysmorphia) and gym addiction
  • Victim-blaming
  • Discrimination against and the abuse of people who do not conform to gender roles, norms and stereotypes (including, but not limited to, homophobia)
  • The discrepancy of average lifetime earnings between men and women
  • Radicalization for domestic terrorism
  • Exploitation including sexual exploitation and county lines

Find our suggested resources to support learners to understand gender stereotypes here.