Today I'm clueless when it comes to make-up, getting my Ph D in the sciences, and wearing blue shoes next month in my blue-themed wedding. Though perhaps I should address that make-up issue before I walk down the aisle.
You’re in the club with all the boys and you’ve had enough double vodkas to put you on your high horse of cockiness.
Study author Yahzu Ling suggests that this color preference evolved due to the female role of gathering berries; or, perhaps, their caregiving tendency to respond to a child red with fever. Adult women's preferences for pink hues are more likely to be a remnant of childhood classical conditioning.
In other words, one may prefer pink due, in part, to enjoyable experiences with pink toys and clothes as a young girl—not because an object resembles a ripened raspberry.
Anger, fear, and misunderstanding, especially from individuals in those households believing strongly in traditional gender roles, contribute strongly to abuse and anxiety. Should little boys and girls be able to play with any toy of their color and choosing without fear of physical or psychological consequences? But that issue really pertains to all aspects of life. I'm wondering, though, if it's possible that the neuroanatomical differences are a result of differences in development and upbringing?
I grew up a pink-loving, kitty-obsessed girly-girl with Barbies bursting from their storage boxes and enough baby dolls to fill five cribs. I guess one way to test that might be to repeat the measurement in different countries and see if there's any correlation with measures of the gender gap.
"Santa must have written the wrong name," 6-year-old me declared, ruffling through the pile of balled-up wrapping paper to check. Towards the second half of the article, the focus shifts toward girls' preferences for pink and its implications on cognitive development in both males and females.
A 2010 study by Hines and colleagues found that among 120 infants aged 12, 18, and 24 months, both genders prefer red hues over blue, as well as rounded objects over angular shapes.
Me, being the jealous big sister, begged and pleaded to play with the car at every opportunity.
I should not have been shocked to get my very own remote-controlled car that Christmas. The car was black and had a spider emblem on the side. Last week, The Conversation published a piece by Melissa Hines, Professor of Psychology at Cambridge University, addressing gender differences in toy preference.
If a boy avoiding a pink doll isn't responsible for the size of his Broca's area, then what's with all the controversy over pink toys?
The more relevant issue may be social—not cognitive—development, and the negative consequences for gender non-conformity. Childhood gender nonconformity: A risk indicator for childhood abuse and posttraumatic stress in youth. Image credit: Richard Newton (Flickr) and Nathan Jones (Flickr). Your question is interesting and difficult to answer.
Hines cites the widely-accepted notions that females tend to be better writers, while males excel at spatial tasks—in particular, the ability to mentally rotate an object.