Is there something innate about a child’s preference for gender stereotyped materials, or is it completely down to society and the way children are influenced by the world around them? The research around this has no clear answer:
‘Children have been shown to allocate characteristics such as gentle and affectionate to girls, and strong and dominant to boys at 5 years’ (Best et al., 1977; Williams et al., 1975)
‘Gender identity is a foundational way in which we define ourselves. As a result, the associations with gender categories in a child’s environment are learned and internalised quite easily. (Baron et al., 2014)
But then this YouTube clip from BBC’s Bang Goes The Theory offers a different perspective:
So – over to you!