Are School Curriculums Promoting Gender Stereotypes?

There is always a certain way of life associated with certain times. Each people have their own traditions and moral standards, which can also change a lot over the years.

A square quartered into four head shots of young men with moptop haircuts. All four wear white shirts and dark coats.

The Beatles in 1964, the awesome four whose hairstyle was considered much too long and not for boys.

In Western Europe, it was so unheard of in the 50s60s for girls to wear skirts shorter than calf height. Boys, on the other hand, were supposed to keep their hair very short. There were a lot of arguments when boys wished to wear their hair as long (if even still very short) as the Beatles’ hair.

As youngsters, we still saw our father walking in a swimming costume that covered the chest completely and came to half the thigh. Short bathing panties were also unheard of for us.

In our hippie years, we did a lot of work to change certain norms and values. But in certain areas, it still took years before society was open to valuing women and certain gender groups.


To remember

  • irrational body standards set by our institutions + how they influence our perception – of both societies as well as ourselves.
  • primary school played a huge role in making young girls feel uncomfortable in their bodies.
  • bothering of female students begins with onset of their menstrual cycle
  • unsaid mathematical equation > length of skirt = directly proportional to immoral attitude
  • access to sports was heavily shriveled
  • straight boys not spared
  • teachers insulting boys for wearing earrings to school
  • stereotyping = boys, on average, understand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) better <> girls perform better in reading, writing + handicraft => classroom discourses > similar behaviour among kids – each student showing conformity to their respective gender roles.
  • National Curriculum Framework 2005 prioritizes gender-sensitive education = means of attaining quality education. CBSE, acting under NCERT’s directives> designed kit on gender sensitivity => practice gender-sensitive learning => journey towards a gender-sensitive culture



Gender, genderless, androgyny, bisexuality, cisgender and transgender

Study says highlighting gender leads to stereotypes

Do the concepts of male and female need to have a formal official definition

Trans extremism, trans ideology, genderless a.o. categories and TERFs

The dilemma of gender neutrality

She/Her – They/Them – Person

The Concept of Gender Neutrality and You

The World of ‘Men’?

Gender Neutrality

For those who think there are no gender neutral people or that there is no reason to change gender


Additional reading

  1. Parenthood made more difficult
  2. Anniversary of the 19th Amendment still a long way to go
  3. 2014 Human Rights
  4. 2015 Human rights
  5. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  6. Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda
  7. Establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights
  8. Living in this world and viewing it
  9. The focus of multiculturalism in Europe on Muslims and Jews
  10. Grow strong in weakness
  11. Happiness mapping and getting over gender mapping
  12. Need to Embrace People Where They Are
  13. Trusting present youngsters who are not necessary evil
  14. Secularisation and Assignments given for all people
  15. Going for sustainable development
  16. Today’s thought “The times of ignorance” (November 5)
  17. Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family



  1. No Mates
  2. World Economic Forum Selects UAE Gender Balance Council As Knowledge Partner To Advance Gender Balance Globally
  3. Canadian dad rips school board for sexually explicit book available to young children, gender policies
  4. Rishi Sunak and Nicola Sturgeon set for months of legal battles over decision to block gender Bill
  5. Scotland vows to challenge UK in court over gender law veto
  6. Gender Recognition Veto Pulls Trans People Into Crisis ‘They Did Not Ask For’, MPs Warn
  7. Scotland’s gender recognition bill halted by U.K.: What to know
  8. UK Government Vetoes Scotland’s Law Makers: Reaction Roundup
  9. U.K. blocks Scottish gender ID bill
  10. Labour peer expertly explains why blocking Scotland’s gender bill is completely unjustified
  11. Mario Lopez Criticized For Transgender Remarks: A Christian Response to Cultural Backlash
  12. New WV Obscenity Bill Would Jail People For “Transgender Exposure” To Minors
  13. Gender Neutral Uniforms, Safe Washrooms: NCERT’s Manual for Schools on Transgender Students
  14. How & Why To Talk To Your Kids About Gender Identity
  15. New York Times admits that hundreds of ‘top surgeries’ are being performed on children:…
  16. American Girl publishes guidebook encouraging transgender puberty blockers
  17. Six Questions EVERYONE Should Answer About Sex (and 5 To Stop Asking Sexual and Gender Minorities)
  18. Agender – What does that mean?
  19. Is Non-Binary the Future of Gender?
  20. Practicing What You Preach
  21. Horse by Chase Twichell
  22. N.B. vintage clothing shop embraces gender neutrality and body positivity
  23. Competitiveness and gender
  24. South Africa commission for gender equality appoints new CEO
  25. The Future of Gender
  26. Framing Agnes, Chase Joynt’s Radical and Inventive Trans History Doc
  27. Never Criticize Everyone, Be Specific
  28. The Procrastinating Progress of Transnational Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Taiwan
  29. More Female Journalists Ensure Better Feminist Perspectives In Journalism


By – Arusha upadhyay

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

-Malala Yousafzai

Like a lot of us, the lockdown provided me with a chance to ponder over the irrational body standards set by our institutions and how they influence our perception – of both societies as well as ourselves.

My primary school played a huge role in making me and other young girls feel uncomfortable in their bodies. Like most educational institutions, my school associated shame with a spotted skirt or a short-length skirt and normalized the usage of sexist and homophobic slurs. Our sports teacher would often stop girls who wore “short skirts” from playing on the pretext of “what if a guy saw you in this skirt?” My school never had a female cricket or football team, and even the little access to sports was heavily shriveled. This led to an…

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