Republicans Don't Want Their Sons to Play With Pink Toys, Study Shows

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A girl drives a Range Rover Evoque Ride-on electric car on October 12 in London, England. A a new study shows that Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on how to raise boys and girls. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Washington is only becoming more partisan, and a new study shows that Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on how to raise boys and girls.

Republicans just don’t want to see their sons play with Barbie dolls. According to a new poll out of the Pew Research Center, Democrats are much more in favor of the idea of exposing girls and boys to toys and activities normally associated with the opposite gender.

Just 34 percent of Democrats and only 10 percent of Republicans say it’s a very good thing for parents to “encourage boys to play with toys or participate in activities normally associated with girls,” the study said. And most (52 percent) of Republicans say this is a bad thing, with 17 percent of Republicans saying it’s a very bad thing.

More than 80 percent of Democrats want to see parents encouraging girls to do things that are typically seen as masculine, and they want boys to do things that are typically seen as feminine. Many fewer Republicans say the same.

A majority of Republicans also say there is too little emphasis on encouraging boys to be leaders, but only 30 percent of Democrats say the same, according to the poll. However, that’s split when you look at only girls. Democrats are twice as likely than Republicans to say there is too little emphasis on leadership for girls.

This shows in the the U.S. House of Representatives, where female representation varies wildly on party lines—of the 84 women currently in the House, just 22 of them are Republican.

Additionally, more Republicans than Democrats say there isn’t enough focus on teaching boys to stand up for themselves, whereas more than 60 percent of Democrats say the same for girls—compare that to just 43 percent of Republicans.

Republicans also don’t really want you to talk about your feelings. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say there’s too little emphasis on encouraging both boys and girls to talk about their feelings, and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say girls should receive more encouragement to do well in school.