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Both Block (1984) and Hoffman (1977), in their studies of childrearing practices, found parents encouraged their sons to actively explore the physical world, emphasized achievement, competition, and self-reliance, and felt it was important they try new things. In contrast, daughters were expected to be ‘kind, unselfish, attractive, loving and well mannered [and grew] up in a more structured and directive world than males’ (Block, 1984). With few exceptions, these studies reflect how adult reactions to babies based on presumed sex perpetuate cultural beliefs about masculinity and femininity.

By puberty, these cumulative cultural messages are reinforced by the powerful need for peer approval and acceptance. Unless the child is exposed to a wider range of possibilities, they may come to see gender-determined life choices as mutually exclusive and exhaustive. It is notable that both brighter girls and boys have come from family environments which were responsive to all aspects of the child’s personality. Optimal performance was reported when children of each sex were encouraged to take the role of the other.

We contrast the workings of the unofficial ‘weed-out’ system in undergraduate education at large universities with a ‘reverse weed-out’ system at small colleges that must recruit students to their science courses in order to maintain their majors. The weed-out system In large universities at the bachelor’s or first degree level, women often encounter a ‘weed-out’ system of courses based upon a competitive model that is designed to eliminate unwanted numbers of prospective students. This system has even worse effects on women than it does on men.

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