‘Let boys be boys’

Lesotho Times - - International -

SYD­NEY — Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott on Tues­day weighed in on a de­bate about gen­der-spe­cific toys in the lead-up to Christ­mas, say­ing boys should be boys and girls should be girls.

Greens se­na­tor Larissa Wa­ters has backed a “No Gen­der De­cem­ber” cam­paign, aimed at break­ing down stereo­types around buy­ing dolls for girls and trucks for boys.

But Mr Ab­bott, a con­ser­va­tive who has three grown-up daugh­ters, said par­ents should be al­lowed to do what was in the best in­ter­ests of their chil­dren.

“I cer­tainly don’t be­lieve in that kind of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness,” Ab­bott told Chan­nel Nine tele­vi­sion.

“Let boys be boys, let girls be girls - that’s al­ways been my phi­los­o­phy - and above all else, let par­ents do what they think is in the best in­ter­ests of their chil­dren.” — AFP

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