Gendered Time-outs

I ask Klara, “Do you get time-outs at school?”

“No, mommy!” she says indignantly. “I’m not a boy. I’m a girl. Time-outs are for boys.”

I hope everybody realizes that I didn’t teach her this particular gender difference. This is a product of her observations.

2 thoughts on “Gendered Time-outs”

    1. I saw this at the resort, too. A family with a boy and a girl close in age. The girl is allowed to be as loud and disruptive as she wants and the boy is constantly “sit down, stop touching this, where do you think you are going, etc.” These are small children, mind you, of about 3-4 years old. When boys are loud it’s somehow seen as more threatening. Which I could understand with teenagers but not with tots.


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