Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Of monkeys and men, guys and dolls

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-04-05

This New Scientist newsbite and related papers will get feminists (and antagonists) up and debating, about the nature/nurture debate and toy preferences between girls and boys.

Wallen’s team looked at 11 male and 23 female rhesus monkeys. In general the males preferred to play with wheeled toys, such as dumper trucks, over plush dolls, while female monkeys played with both kinds of toys.

I’ve as yet got no details on methodology or results, so won’t dare offer interpretation or comment.  I’m just cackling and rubbing my hands for the inevitable hubbub.

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