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Uh oh: Children’s toy preference study determines there ARE gender differences

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Look out, progressives: New research has determined there are “robust sex differences” in boys’ and girls’ choices of toys “across a range of ages, time periods, countries, and settings.”

According to a report PsyPost, the University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health research found that children “overwhelmingly chose to play with toys typed to their gender,” throwing a monkey wrench into the beliefs of those who say gender is merely a “social construct.”

The study said sex differences in toy preferences held true even after accounting for the effects of “the presence or absence of an adult, the study setting, the gender equality status of the country, year of publication, and presence of gender‐neutral toys.”

From the article:

“There is a fashion today to say that gender is purely a social construct. In reality, gendered behaviour is a mix of biology and social influence, and I think our meta-analysis supports this view,” [study author John A.] Barry told PsyPost.

The study should not be misinterpreted as suggesting that boys and girls should only play with toys that correspond to their gender roles, he warned.

“I think the major caveat is that the findings of this study are descriptive, not prescriptive. In other words, the meta-analysis demonstrates, for example, that in general boys prefer playing with male-typical toys, but this is not to say that boys should play only with male typical toys,” Barry explained.

“The studies show that a minority of children play with gender-atypical toys. My interpretation of this is that playing with gender-atypical toys is a common and harmless variation on the norm, not to be discouraged.” …

“Research into gender differences often attracts criticism which seems to be based on the moral judgement that biological bases for sex differences are somehow harmful to society,” he told PsyPost. “As scientists, and as members of the public who value truth over opinion, we need to move beyond moralistic arguments about facts and instead use the facts in beneficial ways […].”

The study was published in the journal Infant and Child Development,

Read the full story.

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  • Surprise, surprise… Boys and girls like different things! I like how they try to cover it up, since they can’t deny the evidence, they add the caveat that one should still let them play with opposite gender toys. This whole “gender neutral” thing is getting way out of hand! Sure, boys and girls can like things not strictly within each category, but overall, why not raise our boys to be boys, and girls as girls? Let’s not even get started on gender fluidity…
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  • Nan

    When I was a kid, I played with dolls, but also played with toy cars. Everyone had toy cars, possibly because there were mostly boys in the neigborhood.

  • That Guy

    Wow a research project finding what most people have known to be true since the dawn of time. Forcing a boy or girl into being gender nutral is child abuse.

  • Joe Cho

    This just in. Males and females are different. Lefties outraged.

    P.S. use the term “left” instead of liberal/progressive. They stopped being “liberal” and “progressive” 30 years ago.

  • socialismisevi!

    of course but leftys spin is

    see, this is why the male dominated society is evil