Book is now available

My new book, is Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes, is now available pretty much everywhere (even the Kindle version). I have been pleased with the reviews it has gotten so far.  If you read it, I would love to hear your thoughts. On Thursday, April 24, I will be discussing the book on Good Day Chicago at 9:45am.


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Publisher’s Weekly

Brown, associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky and a Psychology Today blogger, has researched the impact of gender stereotypes on children and teens. Here, she presents her argument to parents, asserting that the differences between boys and girls are far less pronounced than the media and some other authors contend (most notably, Michael Gurian, whose Gurian Institute trains educators to approach the learning styles of boys and girls quite differently). Wading through and interpreting the gender studies, Brown concludes that the way boys and girls learn, play, verbalize, and think is far more similar than dissimilar, though some differences do exist; for instance, boys are more physically aggressive and their brains develop at a slightly slower pace
than girls’. The mother of two girls, Brown urges parents to beware of studies that are flawed and overstated, and to place greater focus on the individual child. As Brown also explores her own feelings as a mother, she is not without humor, sharing for instance, a boy/girl pizza birthday party ambushed by the pizza maker’s unsolicited gender-based comments (“Boys always like pepperoni”). Though her anecdotes and observations can be amusing, Brown’s message is simultaneously a somber and far-reaching commentary on the ways that gender stereotyping needlessly limits and labels children. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency. (Apr.)


Library Journal Review

Brown (developmental psychology, Univ. of Kentucky; Psychology Today, blogger at Beyond Pink and Blue), a leading specialist on the impact of gender stereotypes, offers a review of the latest research combined with a guide to raising children free of the negative influence of gender expectations and limitations. She argues that children are “free to flourish” when gender is deemphasized and covers both the neuroscience and cultural influences of sex in language that is accessible and at times even humorous. Beyond the issues of “pink and blue,” her assertions have a scientific rather than feminist flavor and will enlighten those even of the “boys will be boys” school. ­VERDICT Much quality literature has been published over the last few years on gender studies, and this title juxtaposes other works such as Leonard Sax’s Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need To Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. For all libraries serving parents.


One thought on “Book is now available

  1. Hi Dr.Brown!

    I am a tenth grader at Imagine International Academy of North Texas. In May/June, I read your book, “Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue.” Although I’m not a parent (and not even close to being one!), I have been interested in gender stereotyping in children for a while, after seeing my little brother (6 years old) go through some pretty stiff stereotypes at school. Your book really inspired me to get involved, but I was confused on exactly what I could do outside of my home. I could remind my younger brothers that gender stereotypes limit and demean you, but what could I do to raise awareness for this issue and actually research further into the psychology behind gender stereotyping in kids?

    Sophomores at IB schools are required to complete a “Personal Project”, an independent research project that a student produces with a tangible outcome. The project spans over your entire sophomore year (until March, actually). Last week, I chose gender stereotyping in children as my topic. My purpose as to analyze the psychology behind gender stereotyping around the world and inform others on the negative aspects of generalizing children based on their gender. My inquiry question was: is gender stereotyping destructive to a child’s self-identity and his relationship with others, and how can raising awareness contribute to stopping this stereotyping?
    For now, at least, I decided my final product to be a short film (~30 minutes) and a study. The study will include surveys, and will be filmed and portrayed in the short film as well.

    I understand you are very busy, but I was wondering if you had any advice, recommendations, or ideas about where I can go from here. Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful book.

    You can email me at!

    Thank you so much,
    Irene Ameena

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