16 April 2010

Girls and Dolls: Scientifically Proven -- Again!

Girls just love dolls, and boys just love cars. Yet another scientific study demonstrates that from the time they are just babies, boys and girls diverge when it comes to their choice of play toys. Psychologists at City University London studied 90 babies between 9 months and 36 months. The infants were allowed to choose between 7 toys. Four of the toys were stereotypical boys' toys: a car, a shovel, a ball, and a blue teddy bear. Three of the toys are more commonly thought of as girls' toys: a doll, a pink teddy bear, and a cooking set.
The infants were placed a metre away from the toys, and could pick which ever they pleased.

Their choice, and the amount of time they spent playing with each toy was recorded.
Of the youngest children (nine to 14 months), girls spent significantly longer playing with the doll than boys, and boys spent much more time with the car and ball than the girls did.
Among the two and three-year-olds, girls spent 50 per cent of the time playing with the doll while only two boys briefly touched it.

The boys spent almost 90 per cent of their time playing with cars, which the girls barely touched.

There was no link between the parents' views on which toys were more appropriate for boys or girls, and the children's choices.

The researchers presented their study yesterday at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Stratford on Avon.

..'There could be a biological basis for their choices. Males through evolution have been adapted to prefer moving objects, probably through hunting instincts, while girls prefer warmer colours such as pink, the colour of a newborn baby.'_DailyMail_via_ImpactLab

I once stayed at a commune that was based upon the ideas of behaviourists who believed that children could be moulded into whatever the parents decided to make them. I recall one such boy who was never allowed toy guns, not allowed to play rough, and was encouraged to play with girls' toys. He grew up and joined the US Marines at the first opportunity. His mother was heartbroken.

Reality does not care what is politically correct. In some ways, reality will be the death of political correctness -- because political correctness handicaps a society and makes it susceptible to attack, invasion, and subjugation by other cultures who have not denied their own human nature to such a disastrous degree.


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Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

How on earth did you end up in some hippie commune?

Friday, 16 April, 2010  
Blogger kurt9 said...

Maybe Al Fin's a former liberal that got mugged.

Friday, 16 April, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my day, the only toys we had were a lump of dried peat turf and a forked stick and we all turned out ok. Oh, and we had some Star Wars action figures and Lego. But it was mostly about the turf and the stick. Hours of fun for both boys and girls.

Friday, 16 April, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

I came in from the wilderness
A creature void of form
Come in, she said, I'll give you
Shelter from the storm

As for Bob Dylan, so for Al Fin. Caught in the storm, we seek safe harbour where we can find it.


Saturday, 17 April, 2010  
Blogger bruce said...

a member of the old Rainbow commune in Drain OR. once told me about the daughter of a "family" at the commune.
Seems no matter the directives of the elders the little girl had her space as neat and tidy as the typical middle class family of the pre sixties.

The telling point of the study discussed above has to do with the girls not playing with cars.
As every mother drives a car with at least as much authority as the male parent.
So the interesting point: With the metrofication of males, maybe the study should be done with post teen males and females.

Saturday, 17 April, 2010  

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