This month for its Tackling the Tough Stuff series, Weston Youth Services will explore how attitudes about gender influence parenting styles, standards, and practices; beliefs about beauty, strength, and success; media representations of men and women; and common (and sometimes conflicting) maternal mindsets and paternal perspectives.
“As we enter the season of Mother’s and Father’s Day, images of gender roles and responsibilities are everywhere,” said Michelle Albright, director of Youth Services. “Cards, school concerts, and commercials portray a range of models and messages about masculinity and femininity. Our views of how men and women are ‘supposed’ to look, speak, act, and feel are shaped by parents, peers, society, and even the shows we watch. And children today watch a lot! Yet what’s depicted as the ideal may often seem a bit surreal.”
Dr. Albright will facilitate a discussion this Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 1:30 in the Community Room at the Weston Public Library . The interactive workshop will examine beliefs and biases about gender roles, and the (often double) standards for girls and boys.