Originally posted on October 21, 2014.
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uses aggregate data from Google to see if parents’ hopes for their children are gender-neutral. He reports that, actually, many parents seem eager to have smart sons and slender, beautiful daughters. You can see this for yourself (heads-up to teachers: a cool in-class demonstration here). Google (with quote marks) and note the number of results:
- “Is my daughter gifted”
- “Is my son gifted”
- “Is my son overweight”
- “Is my daughter overweight”
As an example, here’s another pair I just tried (the OR commands a Boolean search of either version):