Active/Passive Binary

The Active/Passive Binary refers to one of the ways that boys and girls are socialized to conform to traditional gender stereotypes. In general, boys are taught to be active, while girls are taught to be passive.

For example, toys that are marketed towards boys often encourage active behaviors such as racing (cars), building (legos), fighting, and competition. Toys marketed towards girls often focus on passive behaviors such as housework, nurturance and motherhood (baby dolls), and looking pretty (makeup, jewelry).

 

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