Why girls will be girls and boys, er, boys

Sunday Telegraph (UK) 17 Dec 06
Parents have long suspected as much. Now researchers have found that little boys really do just want guns and trucks while little girls want dolls. Children are so firmly divided along gender lines by the age of four that despite the best efforts of teachers to prevent stereotypical behaviour, when left to their own devices, boys play pirates and girls play house.The year-long study, which observed and interviewed pupils in reception classes at three primary schools in the south west, found that even if playtime was set in the relative neutrality of an imaginary castle, boys would kill dragons and chop people’s heads off, while girls would invent domestic stories of mums and dads, or princesses.