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(Monkey) Girls Will Be (Monkey) Girls

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by missing, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. missing

    missing Well-Known Member

    I probably should be ashamed of myself for finding this article funny, but I do. A friend of mine said if the wrong people hear about it, it'll set the women's movement back 150 years. :lol:

    I like this part also:

    Personally, I grew up with a big brother and when we were young all our friends were boys, so I was pretty much a tomboy.

    But just like a vervet monkey, if I were offered a choice of toys, I would always pick the dolls over the cars!
  2. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Very cool research, and certainly consistent with everything I've seen with little kids. What a great experiment --- thanks for posting the link!
  3. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    Have you read Ape House by Sara Gruen? It features a tribe of Bonobos. It's fiction, but based on research, and the Bonobos do exhibit some sex-differentiated play behaviours. My favourite bit was when they were given a blow-up doll, and the matriarch seemed quite concerned about the doll's nudity, so quickly covered her with a blanket. I guess that's more "nurturing" than "play," but still ...