New Evidence Crushes Liberal Narrative on Kids, Toys And Gender

Meanwhile, in things most people don’t need a study to tell them, unless they’re liberals…

The UK Daily Mail reports that a team of psychologists from City, University of London have just released a study that arrived at a shocking conclusion.

Are you sitting down?

Okay, here goes: little boys like to play with boyish toys like trucks and army men, rather than girly toys like dolls and tea sets, not because the patriarchal, heteronormative hellscape that is Western Civilization has conditioned them to, but because the two sexes (and sorry, but there are only two) have natural inclinations and preferences innate to their biology.

Incredible, I know:

It said: ‘Despite methodological variation in the choice and number of toys offered, context of testing, and age of child, the consistency in finding sex differences in children’s preferences for toys typed to their own gender indicates the strength of this phenomenon and the likelihood that it has a biological origin.’

The paper added that there were robust differences between the toy choices of girls and boys, and that this was so across decades and in different experiments.

This, the study said, ‘indicates an innate influence on this behaviour.’

The findings come at a time of deepening controversy over the choice of toys made by children, and heightened awareness over transgender issues […]

Dr Brenda Todd of City, University of London, said: ‘What we found is that as boys get older we see increased play with toys typed to their gender.

‘In addition, we saw that girls have started to play increasingly less with female-typed toys over more recent decades, which may possibly indicate moves towards greater gender equality in Western societies where most of the studies were conducted.

‘However despite difference among individual boys’ and girls’ behaviour, children do overwhelmingly choose toys typed to their gender.’

The piece notes that girls seem to show decreasing affinity for traditionally girly toys, though that appears not to be a sign that such innate biological inclinations don’t exist for females; rather, girls seem to be more susceptible to outside influences on what they “should” like:

But the impact of feminism on parents, advertising and media may be a reason why girls have been less keen on dolls, make-up and kitchen toys in recent years, according to the research paper.

Girls are more likely than boys to be influenced as they grow up by parents, the adults and children around them, and what they read and see on television, it said, while boys stick to boys’ toys.

They cite the following example, which seems to make perfect sense at first glance:

In 1932, an experiment ‘found that girls played with a toy aeroplane for similar times to boys.’

This may have been because at the time ‘female aviators were in the news; Amy Johnson flew from England to Australia in 1930, and Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic in 1932.’

The idea that any of this would be controversial, let alone need a study to prove, is ludicrous. Everybody understood it for most of human history, simply by observing their own children and interacting with members of their own sex and the opposite sex every day.

The Left denies the simple proposition that males and females are different (not unequal, but simply different) not because there’s any reason to believe it’s false, but because their warped conceptions of diversity and equality don’t want it to be true. It’s that simple.

Hat tip: Conservative Tribune