SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott 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 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.”