There are plenty of TV shows and Movies out there that portray certain gender stereotypes, but how do they affect children. Children are being affected by the type of stereotypes shown on the Movies and TV shows they watch as shown on CNN. On shows and movies they make the boys try to seem masculine, brave, and tough, while they make girls look feminine, weak, and and fearful. This makes children think thats how each gender acts which affects the way they see each gender role.
This affects children because it harms their career choices by showing them that only certain jobs can be for either boys or girls. For example they show that girls can’t be engineers because of their gender, and how boys can’t be doctors because it’s a girl job. This affects their career choices because they are being taught what jobs are for each gender and what they can’t pursue in a career due to their gender. Instead it should show gender equality for careers to help influence young children to pursue the job that they want.
Another way the stereotypes for gender in the media affects young children is by harming their self-worth. These shows and movies teach young girls that they can’t be strong or tough which makes them think they can’t be strong or stand up for themselves which affects the way they act and see themselves. Another way this affects children’s self-worth is because TV shows and Movies show that each gender have to look a certain way which causes these children to want to change the way they look. Young boys are being taught that they can’t talk about feelings or open up to someone because of their masculinity. It also changes the way boys look at themselves because they think they have to have muscles to be strong which changes the way they look at themselves in wanting to change how they look.
I think that gender equality should be shown to help influence not only young children but everyone. Everyone should not be stereotypical about gender because it can affect our society in being sexist and stereotypical. These young children are being shown that each gender has to act or look a certain way when in reality boys and girls are equal and should not be persuaded to do a certain career due to their gender. Girls can pursue careers that involve engineering or a uniform. Boys can do jobs such as being a doctor, veterinarian, or even a stylist. Gender equality should be shown and influenced all the time and especially in the media because it gives big impacts on what we see and makes us think.
Even now gender stereotypes affect women and their jobs because men are getting a higher pay, this is an example of a gender stereotype because both genders aren’t being paid equally. Stuff like this influences young children which is why Media needs to show TV shows and Movies that have gender equality to help better the mindset of young viewers. I can conclude with saying that young children should be taught about gender equality through stuff like TV shows or Movies to help our society and the future of these children.