Why would you want to slot people into boxes? Were they creating an environment where their child could find his own gender identity, free from crippling societal expectations, or were they conducting a bizarre and possibly harmful experiment on a family member? Putting aside the issue of whether the parents acted appropriately, the story raises fascinating questions about gender-specific traits and preferences. To what degree are gender differences innate and biological, and to what extent do they arise out of societal modeling and environment? Given the intertwining impacts of nature and nurture in human societies, can we learn anything from our animal relatives who grow up free from human societal norms?
Gender & Toys: Monkey Study Suggests Hormonal Basis For Children's Toy Preferences
Male monkeys prefer boys' toys | New Scientist
After video went viral that showed a snow monkey sexually mounting a sika deer, scientists have published a research paper on the behavior. What they found was that monkeys' predisposition to mount deer, while surprising, was not abnormal. In fact, it's a cultural action, either a fad or an ingrained tradition among the primates. In research published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, scientists documented repeated attempts by Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, to climb on the backs of deer and thrust their pelvises. Because of the anatomical differences between the species, videos of the interactions don't show actual sexual penetration. And don't worry, even if they did actually copulate, monkeys and deer are too far removed genetically to make baby hybrids called "meer" or "donkeys. Incidentally, both species have mating seasons at the same time.
10 Fun Monkey Themed Birthday Party Games
As children and even adults, we humans love to play. Chimpanzees, being our closest relatives, are no different! Chimps use play to develop skills that will be required when they are older.
Are you having a monkey themed birthday party for your child? If so, these games are a great way to entertain guests at a monkey-themed birthday party. Read on to discover 10 simple games that'll allow the guests at your kids' party to have fun while being a monkey for a few moments. Gather players and choose one to be the guesser.