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Boys Will Be Boys?
toys like cars and sports equipment while giving girls passive items such as dolls, parents send messages to their children about what kind of preferences and behavior is acceptable for them (Wharton, 2012). To describe how children learn about gender in society and of their own gender, sociologists have created the gender schema theory. It describes the process of how children create a schema, or a sprawling association network, of what attributes, characteristics, behaviors, and entities relate to particular genders; this organizing framework helps them to assimilate new information throughout development while comparing their own competence of fulfilling their gender once they are aware of what it is (Bem, 1983). The persistence and extent of gender schemas can be seen with how people can attribute, often in general agreement with others, gender to inanimate objects (Logan, SESP 317 lecture, April 13, 2016). In preschool, the environment with peers and teachers gives rise to new gender differences that investigators have studied. While boys display more physically aggressive