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5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite

5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite
The hardest stereotypes to break are the ones that are so old as to go all the way back to hunter-gatherer days. After all, how can you argue with biology? Women carry the babies, men have the upper body strength to tackle gazelles. Nobody made that up out of thin air. But if society has taught us one thing, it's that it becomes way too easy to attach amendments to that bill, claiming that all sexual and gender stereotypes date back to the early days of human evolution. Of course, in reality ... #5. For most families, finding out the gender of their baby early on is crucial, since everyone needs to know what color of clothes and toys to get them -- pink or blue? Getty"Margaret, you get little Steve out of that outfit this instant." If it's a girl, don't forget to paint the room pink and get pink curtains. But at One Time ... If it's starting to seem pretty arbitrary, that's because it totally is. "Don't worry, Junior, dogs are your friends!" This goes beyond colors, too, by the way. #4.

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