Why does incentivising young boys play with dollhouses reinforce homophobic stereotypes?
I have noticed from people around me and in the media that this trend exists of making young boys play with doll houses in schools. This is done under the idea of promoting tolerance of homosexuals within education.
Now while I think the attempt is quite noble and appears to be motivated by a real appreciation for promoting acceptance (ignoring the theories for now that some people have about a trans agenda) there are some quite weird narratives that are raised when you think about it.
The first is why is it that we promote the idea of incentivising boys to play with dollhouses. What’s the significance of a doll house as a toy for a boy in comparison to say a toy truck or Lego etc?
One might say that this is because gay boys play with dollhouses, or we are trying to expand the awareness of the boy to other modalities so to speak but by getting young boys to play with doll houses or incentivising them to do it you are operating from the narrative that gay boys play with dollhouses.
But isn’t getting young boys to play with doll houses confirming the narrative and stereotype that gay young boys play with dollhouses? I mean why do we assume that that’s something that gay boys do?
Now while it is true that young boys tend to play with toy vehicles and toy guns and girls play with dolls and dollhouses which has been confirmed by science there is a difference between saying most and saying all.
Now I am putting on my leftist hat for a second and putting my libertarian hat away for the moment just so that I can show that in some instances I not only agree with the left but in some instances, I espouse their philosophies.
Particularly when it comes to the ideas of stereotypes. I firmly believe that it is unscientific and illogical to make blanket statements about any group including by gender, race, religion etc. And this is something that typically is bipartisan in support.
I will admit that sometimes people on the right do make statements that generalize about specific groups which is a little bit of a tangent but right now we are talking about the left and the left universally agree that making any kind of stereotype is wrong unless that stereotype is about white people being racist in which case, they contradict themselves.
The best of the left that aren’t rabid agree that making stereotypes about anyone is wrong. So this leaves me with a problem. If it’s wrong to make stereotypes about people. Isn’t it also wrong to assume that gay young boys like to play with dollhouses.
And if it’s wrong to assume that gay young boys like to play with dollhouses then isn’t also wrong to promote young boys in schools to play with dollhouses because doesn’t that reinforce the narrative that young boys play with dollhouses.
So one might ask well if that’s the wrong way to do it how do we promote acceptance of homosexuals within schools? Now while I can’t say that I have a 100% verified method of doing this I can pretty much say I have never seen any evidence of promoting boys playing with dollhouses promotes tolerance on its own.
But what I can say is that if a boy wants to play with a dollhouse of his own will he should be allowed to. But also, he shouldn’t be pressured to either.
What I do think they should promote in schools are tolerance and understanding. Explaining what being gay means (depending on the age of course) and explaining that not all boys play with toys and trucks and some like to play with other things like dollhouses.
I think that if it was done like this instead of what’s being done most parents wouldn’t have a problem with it. You might ask well why this is such a problem for you, but logical inconsistencies are my thing.
I attack them like white blood cells attack viruses(if I’m correct as I am not a biologist) as the world has to make sense for it to function)