Posted Aug 11, 2005 12:34 UTC (Thu) by ekj
In reply to: scientific?
Parent article: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
Studies have been conducted on young children (who it is presumed are less influenced by gender roles than older children and adults)
Have you been around small children and their parents much lately ? I have, being the father of a son aged 11 months, and being the one at home taking care of him.
Yesterday, for example I was at the doctors with my son and we where waiting in the waiting room. Along with us was a mother and a son aged around 1.5 years.
There's toys for the kids so they'll stay entertained. The son in question selected to play with a doll. This was *promptly* attacked by the mother: "Do you really want to play with that? Are you a girl?"
It think it's very easy to underestimate how early some kids learn what "should" interest them and what is "unsuitable". The 1.5 year old couldn't even understand his mother (at that age he migth understand like a dozen words or so), but he understood very well that the mother was unhappy about his choise. So he played with a car instead, to hearty smiles from the mother.
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