Gender Respect Project 2013-2016

Aiming to help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence.

Colours mean so much

Because of a mixture of new starters and older children, the first half term in nursery is very busy, with lots of conversation as the children get to know each other.

I was cold one morning so I wore my pink/purple jumper.

I sat at a table full of maths games.

Two of the older nursery girls join me and started to play and started to giggle at my jumper.

‘What’s so funny?’ I said. ‘Its my favourite colour.’

‘Its pink, boys can’t have pink as a favourite colour.’

‘Why not?’

‘Because you’re a boy.’

Once again, these children were as young as three, but had already formed gender stereotypes regarding specific colours.

A lovely and insightful conversation.

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