Why are boys' friends of girls being zoned

Boys are daring, love adventure, are willing to take risks and like to push their limits. Girls are communicative, interested in fashion, want to look beautiful and enjoy being with friends. Are such ascriptions true or are they mere clichés or, to put it another way: Are girls and boys really that different? Not only the gender but also the upbringing influences the behavior of a child. That is why a distinction is made between biological and social sex. It is against this background that the term gender has established itself. With gender the social gender is meant, which is shaped by external influences. In recent years, research has increasingly dealt with the gender issue. And with gender marketing, advertising focuses specifically on gender differences. Whether toys, shoes, clothes, accessories, there is a clear gender segregation from an early age, even with children.

The play paradise is full of clichés

With sophisticated marketing strategies, girls and boys are targeted and different needs are aroused. One finds oneself in pink worlds with the girls and action and superheroes dominate with the boys. But do parents want their children to be shaped by such clichés? The attempt to stay away from role ascriptions is likely to fail miserably when visiting the toy store. Hardly any girl is drawn to the boys 'department and, conversely, you will probably find boys in the girls' paradise even more rarely. And if a preference were aimed in this direction, the boy in question quickly realizes that this is not role-compliant. So the paths are pretty much predetermined and the signposts indicate: this is the typical girl and this is the right boy. So-called gender-neutral zones can hardly be found in toy shops. Tricycles, scooters and bicycles are also stamped with the color. This is a clever way of preventing these means of transport from being passed on within the family, from sister to brother. After all, what boy would like to bend around on a pink or purple bike?

Don't fall into the gender trap

But by no means every girl wants to stroll around in pink. Perhaps your own daughter would prefer to discover the world as an intrepid researcher. On the other hand, the son may not be an adventurer and instead of romping around, he prefers to withdraw dreamily into his fantasy world. It is helpful if parents do not fall into the gender trap when raising children and do not divide behavior into female and male categories. Although gender typing is no longer as rigid as it used to be, encouraging children to be independent of their gender is not that easy. Without wanting to, girls often awaken our protective instincts. On the other hand, we encourage boys to be brave and daring. Regardless of gender, children should be able to gain experience. Whether children or teenagers, it does not matter if girls and boys do not have the same interests. The differences only become a problem when the gender characteristics have a restrictive effect and stigmatize the roles. It is therefore worthwhile when shopping for Christmas, for example, to ensure that the role clichés are not unnecessarily cemented by the choice of gifts