Gender is Biological, Not Social, Says Aggregate Study of Studies

Contradicting the idea that gender is a social construct comes a study that claims this notion is untrue.  Gender, it seems, if the study is to believed, is NOT a social construct, but rather it is a reflection of the reality of biological differences betweeen males and females.

The study itself is a meta-analysis of 16 different studies that were all conducted to attempt to determine whether sex and gender are, in actually, different.

Gender isn’t some social construct, study says

new study published in the “Infant and Child Development Journal” just last November examined a meta-analysis of research that reviewed 16 different studies on the topic of gender differences of about 1,600 children altogether, and found that innate biology seems to influence boys and girls’ toy choices. What’s more, this seemed to span across all countries, whether high or low on the “Gender Inequality Index.” Brenda Todd, a study co-author and senior lecturer in psychology at City University London, says, “The size of sex differences in children’s preferences for male-typed and female-typed toys did not appear to be smaller in studies conducted in more egalitarian countries.”

Quartz reported on this study.

This runs counter to the popular narrative that gender differences expressed in childhood play are determined entirely by social expectations. Social factors certainly do have influence, and the paper found evidence of this: For example, as boys got older they were increasingly likely to play with conventionally male toys, reflecting the impact of environmental rather than biological causes. But overall, the data reflect broader findings in psychology, which show that biology and society interact to cause gendered behavior. In other words, contrary to the popular progressive belief, gender is partly socially constructed—but it’s not just a social construct.

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