Building a nation of sooks

I’ll bet dollars to a knob of goat poo that if a similar survey was conducted in NZ that we would see the same sort of emasculation in effect after 9 years of Labour and not much different from John Key.

The carefully wrapped toy truck under your Christmas tree might be better replaced with a doll this year.

This is according to a study that claims that baby boys may prefer to play with a Barbies over a Tonka truck.

The research at the University of Western Sydney suggests this is because boys prefer objects with faces over machines.

As part of the study, four and five month-year-old babies were shown pictures of male and female humans and dolls, as well as cars and stoves.

Researchers then measured how long their gaze lingered on the objects, and calculated their preferences.  

The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, found that like baby girls, baby boys were more willing to engage with dolls than cars.

‘As surprising as it may sound, although the thing to do is to buy dolls for girls and cars for boys, the science suggests boys actually prefer dolls,’ said leader of the study, Dr Paola Escudero.

‘Everyone loves buying dolls for baby girls and cars and trucks for baby boys, it’s simply what we do.’

‘This common knowledge is supported by previous studies finding that three-year-old boys prefer to play with transportation and construction toys whereas girls prefer to play with dolls.’

No wonder the poms capitulated so easily to the Aussies, and why they are tits at rugby…but watch out, the All Blacks may struggle to defend the Bledisloe in coming years if we aren’t vigilant.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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