For this assignment you are to watch a children’s television program (e.g., a cartoon, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood), visit the toy section of a store, or review children’s books. After completing the activity, type a 1-2 page response that addresses the following items.
Briefly summarize the activity you experienced.
Who was the primary audience for your show, book, toy (girls, boys, gender neutral, etc.)?
Why would children like this show, book, toy?
Discuss any incidences of gender stereotyping (aggressive men, beautiful but weak women, violence, men working and women staying home, etc.).
What age group did your show, book or toy target? Was the content appropriate for their cognitive development? Support your ideas using theories from this chapter.