In a display of common sense about sex differences that is all too rare for the New York Times, John Tierney describes the “sudden popularity of military toys” this holiday season. Taking a swipe at gender theorists such as Carol Gilligan and Susan Faludi, who want men to express their inner girl, Tierney praises Christina Hoff Sommers’ work on boys and notes that “the male paradigm of confrontation” didn’t prove so worthless to the men who defeated the Taliban — or the women benefiting from the defeat. 

Nor, he notes, is anyone suggesting “a Million Mom March on Tora Bora.” Looks like the arbiter of “all the news that’s fit to print” has seen fit to admit an important (though still politically incorrect) truth: boys and girls are different, after all.