What is a stereotype?
A stereotype is when you assume all people within a group are the same. An example of a stereotype is surgeons are ordinarily men. This is not accurate because anyone can be what they desire to be! Another stereoptye is that only women can be nurses. Gender shouldn't decide a persons job - the skills a person has is typically what is wanted for a job. Also, for example the term 'dinner lady' this means that people think that only women can do this job however - there are alot of men who do this job. People (especially men) who work for a job such as 'dinner ladies' may feel uncomfortable being called this.
Stereotype then and now:
Overtime, stereotypes based on jobs have gradually changed but are still a big issue. Before the World Wars, men would do most of the jobs such as farming and building however, during the World Wars, filled all sorts of jobs, many of them were vulnerable and skilled. They worked in shipyards and drove trams, buses and ambulances. This meant that overtime, these jobs were available to women and men eventually.
What could be one of the issues?
Children learning these terms from younger years may be a cause because they are used to considering a job in that way (fireman). When they hear it another way (firewoman) they may feel that it is incorrect (alot more people use terms such as firefighters but alot still don't.) Using a different term may make them uncomfortable because they are not used to it. Do you think this is what may happen?