Nearly two in three Americans say that’s a good idea, a recent poll suggests
This year, give the gift of gender neutrality.
A majority of Americans sees value in encouraging young kids to play with toys and engage in activities traditionally linked to the opposite gender, according to a recent Pew Research report. Roughly three in four people agreed it was good to point girls toward boy-geared items, while 64% believed the same of boys with girl-oriented toys and activities.
More people — regardless of gender, political persuasion or generation — say parents should steer girls toward stereotypically male toys and activities. Even among millennials, 81% agreed it was good for girls to try boy-geared items; just 69% said the same of boys, according to the data gathered in August and September.
About two in three Republicans, meanwhile, agreed with girls trying activities associated with boys, though just 47% were OK with raising boys that way. Slightly more than half of GOPers — and 61% of Republican men — said encouraging boys to play with girls’ toys was actually a bad thing. In contrast, 78% of Democrats approved of steering boys toward conventionally girly toys and activities.
Women are also more likely than men to agree with spurring kids to break gender-based norms — with 80% of women approving of the practice for raising girls and 71% for boys, compared to men’s 72% for girls and 56% for boys.
The Pew findings square with results from a recent YouGov poll, which found 42% of people would feel comfortable getting a “boy” present for a girl — but only 31% said they’d feel comfortable buying a male child a “girl” gift.
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