Gender Differences In Toy Preferences

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Sex differences in toy preferences usually exist among children. Boys usually prefer cars and girls seem to gravitate towards dolls. Many people assume that this behavior is attribute it to socialization. However, even if we achieve a gender free toy market, boys will continue to gravitate towards cars and girls towards dolls. Even if parents give their son a Barbie, in an effort to stablish toy gender equality, he is very likely to turn her into and astronaut or a race car driver. Giving such an assertion has nothing to do with machismo or feminism, but it is rather human nature. As human being, male and female have inherent biological, psychological, and hormonal differences. These differences play an important role at the moment children …show more content…
Several researches done about human behaviors report compelling evidence that males and females show different preferences when playing with toys. The article written by Satoshi Kanazawa in the magazine Psychology Today supports this claim. Kanazawa reports that in a research done by Gerianne M. Alexander of Texas A&M University and Melissa Hines of City University in London, they presented scientific evidence that vervet monkeys showed the same sex-typical toy preferences as humans. Kanazawa explains, “In an incredibly ingenious study, published in Evolution and Human Behavior, Alexander and Hines gave two stereotypically masculine toys (a ball and a police car), two stereotypically feminine toys (a soft doll and a cooking pot), and two neutral toys (a picture book and a stuffed dog) to 44 male and 44 female vervet monkeys. They then assessed the monkeys’ preference for each toy by measuring how much time they spent with each. Their data demonstrated that male vervet monkeys showed significantly greater interest in the masculine toys, and the female vervet monkeys showed significantly greater interest in the feminine toys”. Basically, these researchers found out that males and females are naturally drawn to certain toys. In the case of male and female children, of course, many will probably disagree on the grounds that boy and girl …show more content…
Male and female are born with inherent biological differences. Male and female are biologically, physiologically, psychologically and sociologically different. From a much generalized point of view, male and female have cognitive and behavioral differences. Also, their reproductive and hormonal system. Such differences affect male and female playing conduct. According to Steve Pinker author of the book the blank slate The Modern Denial of Human Nature, “Girls play more at parenting and trying on social roles, boys more at fighting, chasing, and manipulating objects.” In making this comment, Pinker argues that girls have an inborn inclination towards games that require nurturing and role play while boys are more inclined towards mechanical activities. These differences are easy perceived when we see a boy drift towards a truck rather than dressing a Barbie. Basically pinker argues, such differences in play have a lot to do with the way men and women are biologically constituted. According to pinker, by nature women are generally more alert to their babies’ everyday cries and tend to be more attentive toward their children in general; even though both sexes respond equally to their infant’s cries of extreme distress. Pinker also explains that between boys and girls, boys spend much more time practicing for violent conflict in the form of what psychologists

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