Goals of the exercise: To show that we tend to follow what we have learned and that sometimes it is difficult to question these learnings, such as gender stereotypes.
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 10 to 30
Duration of the exercise: 10 minutes
Step by step
- The monitor asks the participants to make a circle and to hold hands.
- Then he/she asks them to follow the 4 orders that will be given next and in the same time to repeat what he/she says:
- Jump in
- Jump out
- Jump left
- Jump right
- Next he/she explains that he will give the same orders and people should repeat what he/she says but do the opposite.
- The monitor should keep the participants in a circle and promote a debate.
The instructions should be given quickly and without gap between them.
- If the theme were gender stereotypes, what would this game mean?
- To what extent do the preconceptions transmitted to us through education and socialization shape our way of looking at men and women?
- What gender stereotypes do you think affect you the most?
- Do they have bigger effect on boys or girls?
Authorship/adaptation or source: Youtube. Adapted by: Katerina Matulikova and CooLabora