It is nearer to the world of jargon. The boys hog the climbing frame, repelling any girls like defenders of a medieval castle. The girls retreat to the Wendy House, not because they particularly like cooking pots, but because the boys largely leave them alone there. Many playground leaders are simply unable or unwilling to confront the naked aggression and chauvinism of the boys and resign themselves to defending the rights of the girls in the Wendy House.
The sex-stereotyping of the under-fives comes from the boys and is an extremely potent force, despite the best efforts of play leaders up and down the country.
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