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Gender Role Awareness and Giftedness

Posted by napthia9 on 2007.09.12 at 21:42


zaraakinae at 2008-01-14 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
I think this is an intriguing idea. I know that I certainly don't follow social conventions- I'm more comfortable in activities more often associated with the opposite gender. However, none of the other gifted girls seem to exhibit this trait to such an extreme as I take it to. But the sole guy in our class regularly gets mediocre grades when I know he can do better. Interestingly enough, there is another guy who isn't in the TAG program who is certainly my rival, grade-wise.
I think the adherence to or deviation from social conventions depends entirely on upbringing. It's not just gifted kids who're different. And both the smart-but-not-TAG-identified guy and I are both from out-of-state. The other identified kids are born and raised in PA and they are typical to their genders. It's odd, now that I think about it.
I think that there's a profound difference in the way the gifted and nongifted think. Myself being a former PEG, I got into a discussion with a fellow PEG, and we came to the conclusion that some of the stress between the program staff and the gifted girls was that we see ourselves as being mature adults (with occasional lapses into childishness and sugar highs) while the staff saw us as smart children. We resented being treated as children because we don't think the way normal children do. Our priorities are much different as are our mental processes.
I think that this might be related to the unknowing defiance of the stereotypes. Most of us are already outcast because of our "weirdness," and so we see no reason to try to get back into the in-crowd. So we don't do what's expected of us, gender-wise. Why should I lose sleep getting up early to do my makeup when no one cares how I look? I could spend that time doing something useful.
So to sum up my rambling, I believe that we think differently, which leads us to holding different priorities than are typical of our respective genders. We are atypical of our genders because we see no reason to be typical.
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