Boys and Girls, Constrained by Toys and Costumes

Lecturer in Sociology Elizabeth V. Sweet is featured in The New York Times.

A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles. A search for nursing costumes turns up girls in skirts with stethoscopes. Cats and cupcakes are also girls, while sharks and astronauts are boys.

Indeed, toys are more strictly gendered today than they were 50 years ago, when adult gender roles were much more separate, according to researchby Elizabeth Sweet, a sociologist at the University of California, Davis.

Read the full story in The New York Times.