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Why do girls like dolls?

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Why do girls like dolls?


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Stereotype much?


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Bear Bibeault wrote:Stereotype much?


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Assuming that "girls like dolls" is a bit sexist, no? Boys like dolls too. Of course, they call then "action figures" .

Why do kids like any toys? Because they have fun playing with them.
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Because "mommy or daddy cares for you" and you care for the doll. Kids imitate what their parents do.


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I liked video Games? video game atleast makes sense..I mean you get to control the human, the car, in the TV and thats really awesome feeling we get when we are kids?
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Video games also limit your imagination a lot more than playing with toys does.

How do video games make sense, and dolls don't?
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Stephan van Hulst wrote:Video games also limit your imagination a lot more than playing with toys does.

How do video games make sense, and dolls don't?


I dont know?? But i still love playing them Super Mario, Contra, Road Figther , etc etc
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My favorite toy when I was growing up was Tinkertoys:



This was followed by an Erector Set:



I also have fond memories of my Vac-u-form:



It's no wonder I ended up being an engineer.
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Bear's list of toys is awesome. I had another sort of building set that I called "Toggles", but I don't know if that's what it was really called; Google Images is completely failing on finding a picture of it. Hollow 1.5cm boxes with holes on some sides, pegs on others, and each one had one hinged side. There were motors involved, as there were with the erector set.

I also had a lot of tools, and lot of wood, and spent a lot of time with Band-Aids on my small hands.

But I also had action figures, and I loved those too.

Video games were not invented yet, and watching my kids I absolutely have to say I was better off without them.


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Aside: EFH, I think that the robotics stuff that you do with your son is complete awesomeness!
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Found some! They're called "TOG'L Blocks".

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For me it was LEGOs all the way. Well, I remember TinkerToys too, but it was LEGOs that really took off in my mind. Over the years I had many fleets of spaceships and armies of robots made from LEGOs.
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Assuming that "girls like dolls" is a bit sexist, no? Boys like dolls too. Of course, they call then "action figures" .

Why do kids like any toys? Because they have fun playing with them.


But the case is, grown up girls also like dolls !!! Why on earth they like to keep them around their beds, just like small babies???

I disagree with the statement "boys like dolls". I never liked them, but I liked bows, arrows, swords, etc.


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Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:
I disagree with the statement "boys like dolls".


As well you should; saying "X likes Y" is bound to be wrong for some instances of X regardless of the value of Y. It's better not to make generalizations in the first place. For instance, it'd be improper to say "Boys like bow, arrows, and swords", as toy weapons did nothing for me as a kid.

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The answer I see for my question is, girls like to show them selves as sweet, cute and like babies ...

PS: Can a moderator please resize those images? Its bit hard to scroll and read
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Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:girls like to show them selves as sweet, cute and like babies

Another wrong generalization!

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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:girls like to show them selves as sweet, cute and like babies

Another wrong generalization!



OK, I withdraw the word "Girls" and I would like to replace it with "Most Girls"
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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:girls like to show them selves as sweet, cute and like babies

Another wrong generalization!





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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:girls like to show them selves as sweet, cute and like babies

Another wrong generalization!



It's a generalization but not wrong. Oh I really dislike this 'gut-Menschen' stuff, that forbids us to do any generalization. All generalizations are wrong and hence evil and from bad people.. Most girls áre different from most boys. In general girls play more with dolls than boys. In general girls act different than boys. This would not say something about an individual boy or girl, though, I know that. But, ok, come with the 'you are sexist stuff' again..
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:As well you should; saying "X likes Y" is bound to be wrong for some instances of X regardless of the value of Y.

Agreed, but -to make another generalization- I think in most contexts other than a web sites visited by techies it's understood that "X likes Y" is not intended to mean "Every single X likes Y", but rather "Most/many X like Y". People do not generally spell out that they mean the latter rather than the former.

It's a bit like saying "Flooblerumpsters are good", and then being chastised by someone who thinks the opposite and hence considers my statement incorrect - it should go without saying that I'm just stating my own opinion, and don't intend to disenfranchise everybody else's opinion.
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Jan de Boer wrote:It's a generalization but not wrong. Oh I really dislike this 'gut-Menschen' stuff, that forbids us to do any generalization. All generalizations are wrong and hence evil and from bad people.. Most girls áre different from most boys. In general girls play more with dolls than boys. In general girls act different than boys. This would not say something about an individual boy or girl, though, I know that. But, ok, come with the 'you are sexist stuff' again..

So qualify it with "most", "in general". Qualified generalizations may well be accurate. Unqualified generalizations are (usually ) wrong. Not sexist (although they often reveal implicit assumptions), just incorrect.
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Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:But the case is, grown up girls also like dolls !!! Why on earth they like to keep them around their beds, just like small babies???

That's a lot rarer. I have some stuffed animals because they are cute, but they aren't near my bed. And most of my friends no longer have their dolls. The ones that do have them for memories sake; they don't play with them anymore. (And I don't play with my stuffed animals.)

On of my stuffed animals is a stuffed moose. I think that is pretty cool!
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Yohan Weerasinghe wrote:PS: Can a moderator please resize those images? Its bit hard to scroll and read

Unfortunately no. The image [ img ] tag we use only supports the original size of the image.
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Girls should try these games


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YEAH! AND, Call of Duty too!!!
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They do. My daughter and her friends all played SMB on their Nintendo DS's, at an appropriate age; they've all outgrown that sort of thing by now.
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I'm sure I had Tinker Toys, but I don't remember them. I do remember spending days and weeks and maybe months with the Erector Set.

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And how could I forget Creepy Crawlers!



The original one. You know with the burner that you learned not to touch because it was hot.

I guess I just liked making stuff!
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Yeah. I played mario brothers too. I remember blowing in the cartridges. And the asteroid space shooter game. (not so much the other shooter games.) The point is that we shouldn't assume so many games are gender specific.
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote: The point is that we shouldn't assume so many games are gender specific.


errr, pardon me?
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She said, "the point is that we shouldn't assume so many games are gender specific."

I heard her perfectly clearly.
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Mike Simmons wrote:For me it was LEGOs all the way. Well, I remember TinkerToys too, but it was LEGOs that really took off in my mind. Over the years I had many fleets of spaceships and armies of robots made from LEGOs.

Strange that English speakers calls it "LEGOs" as a plural word.

Lego is a Danish invention and the name comes from leg godt, which means "play well".

Lego was also the favorite toy of my brother and me and like you, I built a rocket launch platform and many other things with it.

Here's a YouTube clip from a home movie from 1981 which my dad digitized, where my brother, a friend and me are launching a Lego rocket... (that was on my 10th birthay!)


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LEGO! That stuff is amazing! I still have all my sets
Although all of the bits and pieces are mixed up in a big plastic barrel, but still...
Can't wait for my nephew to grow up enough, so I'll have an excuse to play with the stuff

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That Erector Set reminds me of Meccano, which is also awesome!
My dad had some of that stuff from way back when, so I used to play with that too!

And, coincidentally, I recently hooked-up my old NES to the TV in my "study", and played some good old Super Mario Bros. 3

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Jesper de Jong wrote:Strange that English speakers calls it "LEGOs" as a plural word.

Generalising again
Before reading Mike's post I'd never heard it referred to as LEGOs. Maybe it's just non-British English speakers (not that I'm generalising of course).
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Because "mommy or daddy cares for you" and you care for the doll. Kids imitate what their parents do.

But it also may have something to do with women having a more "nurturing nature". Boys generally go for the action figures and make them fight.
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Vishal Hegde wrote:Why do girls like dolls?

I see nothing wrong with this statement. It does not say "Why do ALL girls like dolls?". Nor does it say "Why do ONLY girls like dolls?".

It simply asks "why do at least two girls like dolls? " which I think is a fair question. It does not imply they don't like other things, like LEGOs, video games, guns, bow-and-arrows, or anything else.

One of my favorite toys as a kid was my spin welder. My dad would be the jig and hold the pieces, and I'd use the little electric motor gun to weld the plastic i-beams together.


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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote: The point is that we shouldn't assume so many games are gender specific.
Indeed:
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