Gender construction and the media. The construction of gender. Gender and sex are closely related but not identical Gender is the socially recognized/assigned/ enforced set of behaviors tied to sex
28 percent (n=851) are female, and 72 percent (n=2,188) are male.
This is 257 males for every 100 females.
SeeJane (Smith) more distorted picture emerges. Out of the 1,210 characters shown in groups, 83 percent (n=1,010) are male and only 17 percent (n=200) are female. Gender bias also is found in narration. Only 17 percent of storytellers are female.
“Children are influenced by what they see around them, and the repeated viewings of these movies make them a powerful force in shaping children’s developing ideas about gender. Research conducted in the 1970’s showed that when young children see someone on the screen that looks like them but engages in non-stereotyped activities, they are more likely to try out those activities themselves.”
Lawrence Cohen, PhD, psychologist and author of Playful Parenting