Gender Stereotypes and Body Image - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 6 and 7

Author: These lessons are an adaptation of Grade 8 lessons from the Curriculum Healthy Relationships, by Men For Change, Halifax, Nova Scotia, a 53-activity, three-year curriculum designed for teens. The Act Like a Man/Be Ladylike exercises were originated by Paul Kivel, in association with the Oakland Men's project, Oakland, California © Oakland Men's Project.


To make students aware of the dangers of gender stereotyping and the media's role in perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the potentially damaging effects of living up to stereotypes, and how they can lead to abuse and violence against ourselves and others.
  • an understanding of the media's role in perpetuating these stereotypes.
  • an understanding that "going along with the crowd" can involve sacrificing one's own principles, as well as infringing on the rights of others.

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