“What is good for the goose is good for the gander.” While this phrase actually refers to sauce, it can also refer to life. If you want to learn if something is sexist, put the opposite gender’s face on it and see what it looks like. If it seems odd, then maybe something is up. I’m specifically thinking of books right now, but you can do this with anything.
Teen girls are bombarded with books about how to get and keep a boyfriend. How to lose weight. How to do their makeup and hair. How to dress. There are no similar books for teen boys. If they read at all, they read science fiction and fantasy. So if it is OK to teach girls that their focus in life should be on their image, and subsequently, how to catch and keep a mate, how come it isn’t something we teach boys?
Maybe we shouldn’t teach girls this at all. Maybe we should teach them good character skills rather than good cosmetic skills. Maybe instead of teaching them how to dress for success, we should teach them how to be a success. Maybe instead of teaching them how to find a mate we should teach them how to find themselves.