Stereo - a film about reversed gender stereotypes

Purpose, Scope or Aim of the OER

This OER aims to show that “There’s no gender assigned to a piece of fabric”. This video shows that clothes have no gender, that personalities have no gender, that sports have no gender, that NOTHING has gender. It shows how when we are born as men and women, because of our sex, cultural assignments (socialisation) begin to construct the meaning of feminine and masculine, and from these beliefs the ways of thinking are adapted, which make us normalise and naturalise that men have to be a certain way because “they are men” and women a certain way because “they are women”. This resource aims to show us that gender stereotypes are not always evident.

Short Description of the methods or approaches used in this OER

This OER is a film that shows a girl living gender stereotypes in reverse, this helps teachers to raise awareness of gender equality and help them to break gender stereotypes, both in and out of the classroom.

Step-by-step instructions for teachers to use OER

This activity requires a computer (with Internet connection) and a projector to produce the video for the whole class.
1. Before playing the video, write on the board “Female / Male”, both separated by a dividing line.
2. Once the sexes have been separated, ask the young people to write on the board characteristics and/or qualities of each sex.
3. Once the associations have been made, ask why they have chosen to place these characteristics and/or qualities in each sex.
4. Having discussed the previous topic with the class, it is time to play the video.
5. Once you have finished the video, explain to the class how the characteristics they noted in each sex are cultural categories.
6. Discuss with your class the following final questions.
7. What is your opinion about gender stereotypes now that you have seen this video?
8. Do you think gender and sex are the same? Why?
9. Do you think it is important to teach about gender equality? Why?
10. How do you think we could change or reduce gender stereotypes in and out of the classroom?