Friday, April 16, 2010

Boys 'Prefer Cars From Early On': Oh, Really?

"Boys naturally gravitate towards cars and girls towards dolls from the moment they first crawl" - says a new study

Are there differences between the sexes? Absolutely. Just observe a boy child and girl child and you will quickly see how different they socialize. The issue I have with this study (see excerpt below) is that they assume a child knows what a car or doll is - they don't.

It's anyone's guess what a child knows at such a young age. 10,000 years ago there were no cars for boys to play with, right? So, what did boys play with? Dolls?

What is a doll, exactly? If we say dolls are a female toy and cars a male toy, then we give them a value. You put wheels on a "doll" more than likely a boy child will play with it. Generally, boys like things to move and girls like things that talk.

If you believe in the faulty logic of these kinds of studies then one would have to assume that most male children are homosexual because they play with their penises. That's the problem of value systems. Whose values do we value?

BBC reports:
City University researchers put a range of toys a metre from 90 children - aged nine to 36 months - and recorded what was played with and for how long. They found boys spent more time playing with cars and balls, while girls spent more time playing with the dolls. Researchers said the study suggested there was an "intrinsic bias" in children towards gender-typical toys.

A fellow researcher, Dr Brenda Todd, said: "We were surprised to find the differences so early." But she added: "Children of this age are already subject to a great deal of socialisation, but these findings are consistent with the idea of an intrinsic bias in children to show interest in particular kinds of toys." READ MORE