What makes girls girls and boys boys?

What makes girls girls and boys boys?

Factors that influence behavioral differences in girls and boys

The differences between the girl and the boy appear not only on the physical and physiological level, but also on the behavioral and cognitive. Although many specialists believe that hormones and anatomy are the basis of why boys behave so masculine, and girls so specific, there are social influences that distinguish them from birth.

Different expectations since birth (or before)

The communication with the baby girl and the baby and the way they are treated differs from birth when the parents find out the sex of the child. Depending on the sex with which he was born, the child will be treated differently. You may have heard or surprised others by saying about a baby that is "sweet" and "nice", while about a boy who is "strong" and "vigorous". Child development specialists argue that parents tend to talk more softly and lovingly with girls, while boys adopt a different treatment, they are slightly tougher and more authoritarian than when they are in the stage.

Toys, stories, cartoons, etc.

From colors, to toys and stories for children there is a categorical separation between those intended for girls and those for boys. The girls will be surrounded by pink, dolls, stories with Ilene Cosanzene and Cenuserese, and the boys will always be associated with blue, car or Spiderman or Robocop.

Children receive these different treatments and specialists have found that girls younger than 1 and a half manage to associate cars with boys and dolls with girls.


The girls have always been dressed as little princesses, in dresses and bows, and the boys in sports suits, trainers or sports equipment. Even they learn these particularities of the clothes categorized by sex, and up to the age of 2-3 years, they can make the difference between boy and girl clothes.


Children do not have much time to be prey to sexual discrimination and are easily influenced. From media channels, biases, stories to cartoons or videos, all are sources that help to form stereotypes in the child's life.

Parents should not necessarily prohibit access to such sources. It would mean isolation of the child from much of the social life. But it is advisable to preview the shows or drawings or read the stories in advance and establish rules for the next ones when it comes to stereotypes around the child.

Imitation of others

Children absorb and imitate everything they see around them. And since parents are the ones who spend the most time with them, they should be examples and behave as they would like their little one to do. Remember that the little one "takes notes", even if he does it in his mind!

It depends on you what kind of beliefs you want to instill in them and how you want to influence their opinions and judgments regarding the differences between the sexes and their particularities. If you want your little one to know that men are cooking, and women are able to fix things around the house, then prove it to them. It is important to instill in them the belief that both women and men can do a lot of things that would seem appropriate to one sex, thus reducing existing stereotypes and abolishing sexism.

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