Brainy boys and fat girls

“More than a decade into the 21st century, we would like to think that American parents have similar standards and similar dreams for their sons and daughters,” writes Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the January 26, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News. A contributing writer for The New York Times, he recently received a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard.

But parents don’t have similar dreams and standards for their sons and daughters. Not yet.

Stephens-Davidowitz’s study of Google searches suggests that parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny.

Parents search to find out if their 2-year-old sons are gifted 2-1/2 times more than they search to find out if their daughters are gifted. And, they ask questions to find out if their daughters are overweight twice as often as they try to find out if their sons are overweight.

The results, the author concludes, are disturbing.

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