Whenever my colleague Corinne Purtill purchased her doll-loving child an engineering kit, she had to laugh once the then-three-year-old utilized the current as a hairbrush. For many Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her child plainly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.
Research published (paywall) in November 2017 shows that these types of girly doll preferences aren’t just a reflection of gendered pressures that are social.
A meta-analysis of research, reviewing 16 studies about the subject that collectively included some 1,600 kiddies, unearthed that both biology and society affect males’ and girls’ model alternatives. The scientists discovered a big impact size (1.03 for guys having fun with boys’ toys a lot more than girls, and 0.9 for females using girls toys a lot more than guys; such a thing above 0.8 is regarded as “large”) across geographic areas. Continue reading “Scientific studies have shown sex is not only a social construct”