A lot of thought and attention goes to the gendering of children, girls specifically, in our society. Western Society indeed imposes very strong and harmful stereotypes on children, and this from a young age onwards. Wether it is in the clothes they wear or the toys they play with, it is hard to find neutral things, even for a little baby.
But boys are just as gendered by toys and society at large, and it is just as harmful. They are pushed towards aggressive toys, towards gendered play. They are told not to do certain things because they are 'for girls'.
There is little to no room for different sexual orientations. Boys are told as soon as they can stand on two feet that they'll find a girl to marry. Many parents secretly stress at night that their boy might be gay, because they liked the pink T-shirt at the market. People shrug and say "well he's a boy" when they engage in aggressive behavior.
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Boys are not out of the loop when it comes to harmful gendering at all... and the fact that this problem is often forgotten, that we tend to focus on the girls, makes it even worse. It points out that we haven't even diagnosed it as a problem.
So next time you talk about the negative stereotyping and the bad influence of our gendering culture, please don't forget the boys!