The rise of the LGBT movement, and the pushing of social equality, has made it easier than ever before for children to be themselves.
Documentaries like Louis Theroux’s “Transgender Children” highlight how children are identifying their sexuality at an earlier age than ever before.
Nottingham childcare experts believe that it is important to educate children to reject gender stereotyping which have previously been reinforced by society.
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“PARENTS ARE ACCEPTING NOW”
HANNAH SPITZMULLER, SENIOR NURSE
Hannah Spitzmuller, senior nurse of Nottingham’s Ark Nursey pre-school, believes children are growing up differently.
“We encourage children to play with what they like. If little boys want to play with push-chairs that’s encouraged because that’s teaching them skills as adults; how to be loving people and not to sit and play with cars simply because that’s what boys do,” she said.
She also spoke about the conflict that still exists between parents and children. She said: “You still do get parents who when their little boy wearing a princess dress they’ll ask what are you wearing that for?”
“But the majority of parents are accepting now,” she added.
But campaigners believe gender stereotyping still happens in certain sections of the media.
“I THINK THAT TOYS SHOULD HAVE A LESS SEXUAL PREFERENCE”
RAQUEL FERNANDEZ COSTELLO, FEMSOC SECRETARY
Nottingham Trent University’s Feminist Society secretary, Raquel Fernandez Costello said this is still impacting childrens’ behaviour.
“The thing that society and media pushes is the toys. Barbies are for girls and race cars are for boys. I think toys should have a less sexual preference,” she said.
Whilst many feel there is still room for improvement, others believe that today’s generation is being encouraged to embrace individuality.
Four-year old Leo, at the Ark Nursery, would agree: