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originally posted by: In4ormant
Cloudy subject for me
The monkey research, conducted with two different species in 2002 and 2008, strongly suggested a biological explanation for children's toy preferences. In recent years, the question has become: How and why does biology make males (be they monkey or human) prefer trucks, and females, dolls?
New and ongoing research suggests babies' exposure to hormones while they are in the womb causes their toy preferences to emerge soon after birth. As for why evolution made this so, questions remain, but the toys may help boys and girls develop the skills they once needed to fulfill their ancient gender roles.
originally posted by: Michielli
Things to think about from the devil's advocate: I don't care and I don't have a dog in this fight. To be frank, not Frannie, I really only care if you are a nice person.
Just curious, is anyone aware of a word roughly equal to "tomboy" but in reference to effeminate boys? The only one's I have ever heard are basically homophobic slurs or worrisome comments about being gay. I've never heard anyone ever say something like, "Oh he's a real nancygirl, loves to bake and pick flowers and we can never get him to wear pants..."
I'm interested because it seems to me that it is both easy and acceptable for a cis gender woman living today (hereafter referred to as simply "woman") to say she is boyish, not a "girly-girl", etc. but I wouldn't say it's so easy or acceptable for a man to talk about not being a "manly-man" or having a preference for wearing clothing labeled as women's, for fear of being labeled gay, effeminate, light in the loafers, and any number of other things people say to make someone feel inferior, it's always implied and insidious.
I play violin, love to cook, am an abstract painter, write poetry, among other things...strangely all those professions I just mentioned have been male dominated for a long time yet still considered unmanly or gay or suspect or whatever you want to call that kind of thinking, at least in the very near past and even today by many. I also work from home and take care of my 2 year old son and raised a daughter who is now grown. So I suppose you could call me a girly-man who likes girly-girls...hehe.