How Language Bias Instills Gender Stereotypes in Girls As Young as 5

What we say — and don’t say — to kids can have lasting impacts on their lives

Katie Jgln
The Noösphere
Published in
8 min readMar 14, 2024

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One of the phrases I remember most vividly from childhood is ‘unlady-like.’

Running around and getting your dress dirty? Unlady-like. Climbing a fence just like the boys do? Unlady-like

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