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Anyone Can Play

Smiling Asian girl plays with building blocks, caption reads, "Anyone can play with blocks!"

Anyone Can Play is part of our Talking Gender series. It is all about how to talk to people about Gender Stereotypes and their effect on children.

Starting Off covers how to explain gender stereotypes and their harms to people who don’t agree, as well as tips for avoiding gender stereotypes when interacting with children.

Myth Busters covers all the common questions and myths we hear when discussing the harms of gender stereotypes and how to respond to them.

Being a Feminist Mum to Boys is a blog by Ella Duncan on the difficulties of gender friendly parenting.

Baby blues (and pinks): Queer Pregnancy and the Gender Stereotypes that Litter the Way is a blog by Jules Stapleton Barnes on throwing a gender friendly Baby Power not gendered Baby Shower!

 

 

What can you do?

If you agree that gender stereotypes are harmful to children, then join the movement for change!

1. Start Talking Gender – use our guides to have conversations with family, friends, nurseries, and teachers, about the harms of gender stereotypes on children

2. Download and print out our #AnyoneCanPlay posters and display them at home, at work, or give them to your child’s nursery

3. Like, comment, and our campaign posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagramto get more people #TalkingGender

4. Donate – Help Zero Tolerance continue to lead work in primary prevention of men’s violence against women, through tackling gender inequality

 

Have we missed something?

Do you have any other strategies and tips for approaching these conversations?

If you have any useful resources or tips about how to talk to friends and family about gender, race, sexuality, and disability please just let us know – we’d love to include it here!

We are also taking pitches for #TalkingGender blogs - we want to know how you approach and experience these conversations.

Please email jenny.lester@zerotolerance.org.uk with any suggestions for additions or blog ideas.

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Related downloads

‘The default setting’: What parents’ say about gender stereotyping in their children’s early years: Zero Tolerance 2015‘The default setting’: What parents’ say about gender stereotyping in their children’s early years: Zero Tolerance 2015 This report is the result of a large scale survey Zero Tolerance undertook with over 1300 parents and caregivers on gender stereotyping and children.

Anyone Can Play PostersAnyone Can Play Posters Print out and display our Anyone Can Play posters!

Challenging Gender Stereotyping in the early yearsChallenging Gender Stereotyping in the early years

Gender Equal Play in Early Learning and ChildcareGender Equal Play in Early Learning and Childcare This resource has been co-produced by the Care Inspectorate and Zero Tolerance in order to help practitioners enhance gender equality for children across all ELC settings.

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