When was the last time Polly Pocket and My Little Pony fought a death match? When did the LEGO Friends last engage in mortal combat?
Probably never. It's just not what little girls do.
With boys, on the other hand, everything is a contest. Someone must always win. Something usually dies. Often dramatically.
Don't tell me that there are no gender differences in children's play. I've eavesdropped on many a playdate, and girls do not make everything a fight, battle, or competition. With the boys, everything becomes a contest to the death.
If they are building robots or spaceships or cars, someone always asks, "Who would win?"
If they are looking at drawings of dragons, someone always asks, "Who would win?"
If they built butterflies or drew flowers, odds are one boy would ask, "Who would win?"
I'm beginning to think there might be some truth to the joke that the only means to world peace is to put women in charge. Rather than wage war like the boys, girl leaders would just play house and school, do a few song and dance numbers, and craft something. Just think of the conflict we'd avoid and the infrastructure we'd build.
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Thank you to my daughter for the use of her LEGO Friends and to my son for his warped little boy mind, LEGO weaponry, and building skills for today's photographs.
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