Rachael Kline | Marketing Specialist
Sling TV LLC
A six-year-old is susceptible to many things in their new world. Discovering a favorite food, joining a t-ball league, welcoming a new sibling into the world, a favorite Disney Channel character. Skewed gendered beliefs about themselves should not be on this list, but in today’s world, this is an alarming reality.
A study conducted by The University of Illinois yielded stark results pointing to a fundamental transformation occurring with females between the ages of 5 and 6. At age 5, both boys and girls associate brilliance with their own gender. Beginning at age 6, a shift occurs where young girls begin associating “smart” and “really smart” character traits to men, rather than their own gender. Interestingly, when girls in the study were prompted to play one of two games, either: a game for the “really, really smart” or game 2, for those who “try really, really hard.” The study notes that, “at the age of 5, girls and boys were equally attracted to both games. But among those aged 6 or older, the girls were less interested than the boys in the game for smart kids, but not the one for