So much for the idea of “theybies“. In a blow to the social constructionists, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health was released. It demonstrates that sexual dimorphism in functional systems in the brain develops in utero. You know. That clump of cells those on the left call a parasite? Yeah, those amazing little human creatures just busted your narrative. Your brain is either a girl brain or a boy brain before you are born.
The study evaluated functional connectivity in the brain of infants while they are developing. This measured how the different parts of the brain interact with each other. It also examined differences in the size and activity in various regions of the brain.
Prepare to be shocked. The study found there are differences in the way the brain develops functionally and structurally that are consistent with the biological sex of the child. Further, the differences are consistent with the functional and structural differences observed in infants, children, and adults throughout the lifespan. From the study (FC stands for functional connectivity) :
The blow to the social constructionists is the foundation for differences between men and women are laid long before a baby is born. Can we stop with the meme that a newborn is some kind of blank slate? The findings are pretty clear. The patterns for male and females in utero are distinct and without overlap. As noted in the conclusion, “development of fetal brain FC varies with sex”. Not most females, or 70 percent of males. The functional connectivity of the brain varies with biological sex.
So in fact, your newborn girl is predisposed to interpreting the world in a certain way. Your neighbor’s baby boy is wired to see it a little bit differently. In reality, that tiny little being is going to push you to parent them as such.
This is not to dismiss the impact of nurturing. The environment a baby is raised in certainly has an impact on their world view as they age. But these amazing little creatures come into the world with a set of neural connections that align with their biological sex. Don’t try to confuse them.
Instead of insisting on raising a child “genderless”, why not insist on ensuring whether you have a boy or a girl you expose them to as many cool things as possible. Let them learn to cook and change the oil in the car. Encourage them in imaginative play based on a range of stories and characters that are interesting to them. Find out what they like to do and give them opportunities to give it a try?
Maybe in the end you will end up with two girls who couldn’t be more different. One that loves machines and takes stuff apart because they are curious. My DVD player was sacrificed to my daughter’s curiosity, not my son’s. Her sister loved Bitty Babies and paper dolls.
Oddly the kid that deconstructed my DVD, insisted on wearing sundresses that had ladybugs and butterflies for pockets. She also melted down and if she got a speck of dirt on her. Her baby doll loving sister was the first to jump in a mud puddle and refused to wear a shirt in the summer.
Children are wonderfully complex and interesting beings. Why would you limit their choices to fit your “woke” parenting meme of genderless things? Give them all the things. The blocks, the dolls, flowers and mud puddles. Pink and blue and royal purple. Let them decide how to mix it up. Turns out, they are probably hard-wired to figure it out.