General Article Harmful gender stereotypes causing lower self-esteem in girls and poorer reading skills in boys, stu

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‘We need to end the “princessification” of girls and the toxification of boys,’ says Fawcett Society chief executive.

By Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent

Damaging stereotypes are destroying girl’s self-esteem and leading to poorer reading skills among boys, a new report has found.

The study, conducted by the Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood, discovered rigid gendered stereotypes are fuelling a mental health crisis among children and young people.

Researchers warned gendered pigeonholing is at ‘the root’ of men being substantially more likely to commit suicide than women, women being more likely to have an eating disorder, and violence against women and girls.

Three quarters of parents told the commission, which was launched by leading gender equality charity the Fawcett Society, people treat boys and girls differently from an early age. While six in 10 say this has harmful repercussions.

Parents were seven times more likely to imagine their sons working in c...

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