Poster Title

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Socialization and Gender Expectations as Conveyed Through Merit Badges

Research Mentor(s)

Todd Fuist

Affiliated Department

Sociology

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Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2015 2:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

The poster examines the presentation of gender through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. A contextual analysis was conducted on elements of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout badges, such as the title, description, and the requirements for each badge. From these elements, I systematically looked for key patterns that conveyed gender expectations, and whether they were traditional or not. From this analysis, I found four patterns with regard to gender presentation: (1) manners; (2) I can do it all; (3) soft essentialism; and (4) the breadwinner expectation. The poster analyses these four patters for what they tell us about the presentation of gender in these organizations.

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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Socialization and Gender Expectations as Conveyed Through Merit Badges

Sociology

The poster examines the presentation of gender through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. A contextual analysis was conducted on elements of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout badges, such as the title, description, and the requirements for each badge. From these elements, I systematically looked for key patterns that conveyed gender expectations, and whether they were traditional or not. From this analysis, I found four patterns with regard to gender presentation: (1) manners; (2) I can do it all; (3) soft essentialism; and (4) the breadwinner expectation. The poster analyses these four patters for what they tell us about the presentation of gender in these organizations.