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Plastics and boys

Another BBC article on the effects of certain types of plastics on babies. What's interesting is how the article (and the study it cites) says

Boys exposed to high levels of these in the womb were less likely than other boys to play with cars, trains and guns or engage in "rougher" games like playfighting

The article takes it for granted that this is typical 'masculine' play. Something of an un-PC view for the BBC to espouse, you'd think. I don't have a strong opinion either way, but it does go counter to some modern opinions on where the nature/nurture line is. If such 'masculine' behaviour is mostly nurture then it would suggest the study is flawed, if it's nature, then, well, perhaps some of our 'enlightened' views about gender differences are flawed.

{2009.11.16 - 15:40}

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