What Boys and Girls Are Made of:
Supporting Healthy Gender and Sexual Identities of Children

ISACS Annual Conference
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About Seattle Girls’ School

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Agenda
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Gender Differences

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Gender Bias

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Gender Bias and Girls

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Gender Bias and Boys

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Gender and Sexuality P...
Disclaimers and
Other Food for Thought

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Gender Differences

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Gender Bias
Brash
Troublemaker
Strong
Competitive
Physical
Silent
Clever
Mistake-Prone
Belligerent

Intuitive
Well-Behaved...
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Girls and Gender Bias
Where Does it Lead?

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The “Good Girl” in Conflict

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The “Good Girl” in the Workplace and Home

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Beauty
The “Pretty Girl” on Beauty

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Boys and Gender Bias
Where Does it Lead?

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The “Tough Guy” in Conflict

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The “Tough Guy” in the Workplace and the Home

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Psychic Dissonance, Health, and Violence

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Gender and Sexuality Paradigm

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Process Break
In what ways do you see your
students:
-internalizing and conforming to
gender norms and stereotypes
-feelin...
What Can We Do?

Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
What Can We Do for Girls?
• Teach the difference
between self-sacrificing and
good.
• Talk about or compliment
something b...
What Can We Do for Boys?
• Teach the difference
between strong and
tough.
• Talk about feelings and
relationships.
• Make ...
What Can We Do for All?
•Help them develop strong interaction and social skills.
• Discuss nontraditional family and relat...
Teach Media Literacy
• Choose media FOR intentionally for the classroom.
• Engage in media WITH youth.
• Help youth unders...
Younger Children
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Exposure Base
Allowing Questions
Gentle Guidance
Modeling Comfort With Discussions
Expanding...
Older Children
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Experiential And Discovery Base
Facilitating Questions and Discussions
Media Literacy
Patter...
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Ads/

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Undoing Gender and
Sexuality Bias

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Questions and Comments

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Presenter Information
Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
6th Faculty and
Professional Outreach
Seattle Girls’ School
2706 S Jackson Str...
Resources
• Joshua M. Aronson, Ph.D., “Improving Achievement &
Narrowing the Gap,” Learning and the Brain
Conference, Camb...
Gender Specific Resources
• Jennifer Bryan, various trainings and publications on
gender and sexuality diversity, From the...
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ISACS Annual Gender and Sexuality Diversity

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Gone are days when boys are made of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails" and girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice"... or are they? Children are barraged with messages about gender and heterosexual norms everywhere they go - their homes, their schools, the media, and more. Do you know what hidden lessons they are learning? How do gender and sexuality affect everything from boys struggling in school to girls dropping out of the STEM pipeline, from sexual harassment to anti-gay bullying, from eating disorders to plastic surgery? How do parents, guardians, teachers, and schools provide safe environments for positive self esteem, healthy identity development, and acceptance of differences?

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  1. 1. What Boys and Girls Are Made of: Supporting Healthy Gender and Sexual Identities of Children ISACS Annual Conference Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Seattle Girls’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  2. 2. About Seattle Girls’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  3. 3. Agenda • Gender Differences • Gender Bias • Gender Bias and Girls • Gender Bias and Boys • Gender and Sexuality Paradigm • What Can We Do? • Discussions • Resources Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  4. 4. Disclaimers and Other Food for Thought Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  5. 5. Gender Differences Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  6. 6. Gender Bias Brash Troublemaker Strong Competitive Physical Silent Clever Mistake-Prone Belligerent Intuitive Well-Behaved Delicate Cooperative Emotional Verbal Pretty Perfect Nice Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
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  8. 8. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  9. 9. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  10. 10. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  11. 11. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  12. 12. Girls and Gender Bias Where Does it Lead? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  13. 13. The “Good Girl” in Conflict Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  14. 14. The “Good Girl” in the Workplace and Home Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  15. 15. Beauty The “Pretty Girl” on Beauty Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  16. 16. Boys and Gender Bias Where Does it Lead? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  17. 17. The “Tough Guy” in Conflict Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  18. 18. The “Tough Guy” in the Workplace and the Home Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  19. 19. Psychic Dissonance, Health, and Violence Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  20. 20. Gender and Sexuality Paradigm Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  21. 21. Process Break In what ways do you see your students: -internalizing and conforming to gender norms and stereotypes -feeling pressured to conform to gender stereotypes -being little affected by gender stereotypes -actively non-conforming to gender stereotypes What are the positives and negatives of these various states, as far as you can tell? What are the specific questions or concerns that come up for how to support children? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  22. 22. What Can We Do? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  23. 23. What Can We Do for Girls? • Teach the difference between self-sacrificing and good. • Talk about or compliment something besides her looks. • Value the quality of her relationships, not the quantity. • Give her access to diverse women mentors. • Role-Play difficult conversations with her. Rosetta Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  24. 24. What Can We Do for Boys? • Teach the difference between strong and tough. • Talk about feelings and relationships. • Make it okay to be vulnerable. • Give him access to diverse male mentors. • Help them understand societal homophobia. Rosetta Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  25. 25. What Can We Do for All? •Help them develop strong interaction and social skills. • Discuss nontraditional family and relationship models. • Show them diverse role models of all GSD identities. •Teach about gender and sexuality diversity. •Give them healthy outlets for their feelings. •Respect and nurture their true selves. •Teach “norm”, “normal”, and “good”. •Share your stories. •Model the way. Rosetta Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  26. 26. Teach Media Literacy • Choose media FOR intentionally for the classroom. • Engage in media WITH youth. • Help youth understand the hidden messages of media. • Help youth think about how they want to internalize or reject these messages. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://sites.google.com/site/sgsprofessionaloutreach/) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
  27. 27. Younger Children • • • • • • Exposure Base Allowing Questions Gentle Guidance Modeling Comfort With Discussions Expanding Definition of What’s Possible Fairness, Kindness, and Rightness Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  28. 28. Older Children • • • • • • • Experiential And Discovery Base Facilitating Questions and Discussions Media Literacy Patterns and Systems Values and Actions Autonomy and Choice Justice and Activism Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  29. 29. www.kaltura.org/demos/RemixGendered Ads/ Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  30. 30. Undoing Gender and Sexuality Bias Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  31. 31. Questions and Comments Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  32. 32. Presenter Information Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee 6th Faculty and Professional Outreach Seattle Girls’ School 2706 S Jackson Street Seattle WA 98144 (206) 805-6562 rlee@seattlegirlsschool.org http://tiny.cc/rosettalee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  33. 33. Resources • Joshua M. Aronson, Ph.D., “Improving Achievement & Narrowing the Gap,” Learning and the Brain Conference, Cambridge, MA, November 2003 • Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference. • Miss Representation, documentary film on media and women • United Nations Population Fund Statistics on Gender Equality as of 2005 http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2005/presskit/factsheets/facts _gender.htm • Learning to be critically literate of mass media http://www.medialit.org/ • Media Guide for Parents and Educators http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  34. 34. Gender Specific Resources • Jennifer Bryan, various trainings and publications on gender and sexuality diversity, From the Dress Up Corner to the Senior Prom • JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, How Girls Thrive • Jackson Katz, Tough Guise, Wrestling with Manhood, The Macho Paradox • John Medina, Talaris Research Institute, various studies on early gender differences in competition and play • Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls • Rachel Simmons, Odd Girl Out, Odd Girl Speaks Out, Curse of the Good Girl • Michael Thompson, Raising Cain, Speaking of Boys, It’s a Boy! Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)

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