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I appreciate your points. You are exactly correct that this is oversimplified. That is a flaw of the medium I am afraid (or a flaw of how this professor tries to write this briefly).
First, I definitely don't argue that gender stereotypes are worse than other stereotypes. In fact, in my academic life, I study many stereotypes: gender, ethnicity (directed at Latinos and African Americans), immigration status, and religion (specifically, being Muslim). All are important and interact with one another in complex ways. What it means to be a Latina girl versus Latino boy is different than a White girl versus boy. Etc. etc. etc. Bigler's work also addresses these other issues (for example, what happens one group is a majority group). But alas, this is a blog about gender, so that is what I focused on here.
Second, this effect of labeling is exactly because of dichotomous thinking. It is a function of children's cognitive abilities. There are also many studies that address this issue. Really the point is: If adults make it dichotomous all the time, then so will kids (because that is how their brains can easily process the world). If adults reduced this either-or way of thinking, so would kids. But that is also an oversimplification.....
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