You may remember a study which “proved” that vervet monkeys play with human toys differently depending on their sex. The study actually made many people believe this was a clincher proof that gender is real. Here’s a thorough debunking of this imbecilic study.
By the time I reached the end of the paper, I was forced to conclude that the authors’ conclusions had absolutely nothing to do with their data whatsoever. While the female preference for “feminine” toys is obvious, the males don’t seem to have a gender-preference at all. Furthermore, the female preference can’t be explained by reference to any features of the objects themselves, and even if it could, it would be a result of feature preferences that are species-specific (e.g., the pink face of the baby and the red color of the pot), and thus wouldn’t tell us anything about the origins of human gender-specific preferences. In short, the data tells us zilch, zero, nada, nothing. It’s a terrible experiment, but in the hands of the press, with some overly-eager scientists who ran a silly experiment and then came to conclusions that had nothing to do with it giving the press quotes, this research becomes a profound revelation into the origins of human gender.