Its interesting how Gilman brings up about gender inequality. For instance she says, “One of the first things we force upon the child’s dawning consciousness is the fact that he is a boy and that she is a girl,” she gives an example of parents buying clothes for their child depending on the gender. It’s so natural for us to differentiate gender by buying pink clothes for girls and blue clothes for the boys. As we all know, from Gilman’s time to present, a lot has changed publicly in the society regarding gender, as in people would still consider a woman a female even if she only wore pants, hanged out with more men than women, and doesn’t wear pink. However for children, I think depending on the parent there’s less freedom for a child to behave the way he or she wants to. For example some mother’s who bring their daughters to toy stores will automatically bring them to the “girly” section. However if one’s daughter wanted an action figure rather than a doll, a mother’s reaction and response wouldn’t be so pleasant as her daughter, who already made up her mind on what she wanted. The mother turning out this way is probably from being used to what generally society perceives a young girl as, when it comes to playing.
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