Why toys are more divided by gender than ever before. Abi Bechtel, a mother of three, was shopping at Target two years ago when she spotted a sign in a toy aisle that advertised “building sets,” and, separately, “girls’ building sets.” Bechtel rolled her eyes, took a photo and posted it on Twitter. “Don’t do this, Target,” wrote Bechtel, an Ohio university instructor. Two months and 3,000 retweets later, Target responded to the swell of customer criticism with a promise that its stores would begin phasing out signs that categorize toys by gender. The 2015 move was applauded by researchers and parents concerned that labelling toys for “girls” or “boys” reinforces harmful gender stereotypes. But a backlash soon erupted on social media, with some customers decrying “political correctness” and fearing the world was headed toward “the end of boys and girls.” Read more: Fighting for change are parents who want to see a world in which toys come in a rainbow of colours and are divided by interest and age, rather than gender.
Here, let this wise 8-year-old tell you why gendered clothing is the worst | Mic. Sure, some kids may say the darndest things — but sometimes they say what we've all been thinking. In a video that has now gone viral with more than 1 million views, 8-year-old Daisy Edmonds is seen walking around the U.K. chain Tesco with a mission: To call out the sexism behind the T-shirts that are sold to girls like her. "What do you think of the clothes on offer today? " her mother asks in the video, before Edmonds becomes perhaps the world's youngest gender studies professor.
"Well, the girls clothes say, 'Hey! And what does Edmonds have to say about that? "It's unfair because everyone thinks that girls should just be pretty, and boys should just be adventurous," Edmonds says. Although that's an obvious concept for Edmonds, many stores are struggling with the idea that there's really no good reason not to have similar designs for boys and girls clothing. But as Edmonds said, "We're just as good as each other," so why any separation at all?
"And... You can watch the entire video . Why doll make-unders make me uncomfortable. In various corners of the internet, a trend has been building: doll make-unders. Have you seen these? I’m particularly interested in the re-making of a particular kind of doll: the Bratz doll. Back in January, the work of Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh was making the rounds. She takes discarded dolls and redoes their faces and makes them new clothing, making them “ready for outdoor adventures.” The make-unders were met with nearly universal praise; everyone loved these dolls as soon as they were rid of their trashy, heavy-handed makeup. Their lips got thinner.
When I saw that another artist, inspired by Sonia Singh’s work, is re-fashioning Bratz dolls with make-unders so as to resemble feminist heroes, my discomfort crystalized into something more concrete. A Bratz doll re-fashioned as Frida Kahlo by Wendy Tsao. I understand people’s discomfort with Bratz dolls. I don’t mean to say that the work of these artists has no value. Header image: Tree Change Dolls.
What NOT to do if your son's soccer team gets PINK uniforms. Dear parents who totally suck and should be ashamed of themselves, Yeah, I heard about what you did. One of my readers sent me an email telling me allllll about it, and I am mortified by your behavior. Seriously, un-flippin’-believable. But I’m not a total jerkwad and I know there are two sides to every story, so let me just make sure I understand your whole situation. This is what she told me happened. She signed up her seven-year-old boy to play on a coed soccer team.
You each signed your seven-year-olds up to play on the same coed soccer team. The kids got their new uniforms. Some of the kids were super excited to have such an awesome new uniform and they put it on and were proud. And some of the PARENTS weren’t happy because guess what. And here’s where it gets really shitty. So a few of you got together without talking to the other parents and called the head soccer guy and asked if they could change the uniform color and he said yes if everyone agreed to pay for a new uniform. Everybody in dresses: Why does gender neutral clothing always mean ‘boy’ clothes for girls? When I was working as an ASL interpreter in a high school in rural Nova Scotia, the English teacher announced one day that the class was going to read The Outsiders. The kids groaned as he handed out the battered paperbacks. Having found the book dated when I read it in my own grade ten English class years earlier, I sympathized with their reactions.
But the teacher was determined to secure everyone’s enthusiasm for the plight of the Greasers. “When S.E. Hinton wrote this book,” he informed us brightly “He was only 16 years old.” It seemed bizarre that someone who had likely been teaching this book as long as I’d been alive would get such a major fact wrong, so I stayed after class to clarify. “Um, I’m pretty sure S.E. “Oh I know!” His perspective was clear. I felt like a similar thing was happening when I saw a trailer for the new clothing line Ellen Degeneres designed for Gap Kids. To be clear, I loved this video the first time I watched it. I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago. When it comes to buying gifts for children, everything is color-coded: Rigid boundaries segregate brawny blue action figures from pretty pink princesses, and most assume that this is how it’s always been.
But in fact, the princess role that’s ubiquitous in girls’ toys today was exceedingly rare prior to the 1990s—and the marketing of toys is more gendered now than even 50 years ago, when gender discrimination and sexism were the norm. In my research on toy advertisements, I found that even when gendered marketing was most pronounced in the 20th century, roughly half of toys were still being advertised in a gender-neutral manner. This is a stark difference from what we see today, as businesses categorize toys in a way that more narrowly forces kids into boxes. That is not to say that toys of the past weren’t deeply infused with gender stereotypes. Toys for girls from the 1920s to the 1960s focused heavily on domesticity and nurturing. It doesn’t have to be this way. L’humoriste ne peut se soustraire à la critique. Childhood Gender Roles in Adult Life - Gender Mystique. Document d'accompagnement « Les livres et les jouets ont-ils un sexe?
Soumis par Mélissa Lessard le 15 janvier 2014 - 16h55 Plus que de simples divertissements, les livres et les jouets auxquels les enfants ont accès au service de garde ou ailleurs reproduisent des éléments de la vie familiale et de la vie en société. Véritable instrument de socialisation, le matériel de jeu permet, dès la petite enfance, de développer diverses compétences et de faire l’apprentissage des rôles sociaux. De nombreuses études et des observations réalisées notamment dans des magasins et des services de garde éducatifs à l’enfance (SGEE) ont révélé que les livres et les jouets sont très tôt différemment proposés aux filles et aux garçons. Les choix que le personnel des SGEE fait en la matière sont donc très importants.
Afin d’agir contre les effets discriminatoires des stéréotypes sexuels, nous proposons à l’ensemble du personnel des SGEE un outil permettant de déceler le caractère stéréotypé des livres et des jouets destinés aux enfants de 0 à 5 ans. Children don't want sexist pink and blue toys. This week, a seven-year-old girl called Charlotte Benjamin wrote a heartfelt, straight-to-the-point letter to Lego asking it to rectify the fact that there are "more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls". She also pointed out that "all the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people … even swam with sharks". She also swiftly and succinctly expressed her displeasure at the illogical and old-fashioned use of pink and blue marketing to separate Lego into boys' and girls' sections. In brief, she nailed it. In a week when toy companies were called into Westminster to justify their marketing decisions, and ministers suggested that the pinkification of girls' toys could be playing a part in preventing them from achieving their full potential, we could do a lot worse than start listening to the smart, savvy voices of children such as Charlotte.
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Télé et cinéma. Garçon -vs- filles. Filles. Barbie. Princesses. Garçons. Rose et bleu. LEGO. Sexy. The Defective Doll That Actually Ate My Friend’s Hair. In 1996, Mattel introduced the Cabbage Patch Kids’ Snacktime Kid, a doll with a motorized mouth that allowed it to “eat”. In some ways, you have to give Mattel credit: the Snacktime Kid countered the typical unrealistic body type of other dolls with a chubby baby that showed children it was fun to eat. On the other hand, you can’t give too much credit because it turned out that the doll was dangerous and ate kids’ fingers and hair. After the indiscriminately masticating toy injured a few dozen children, Mattel had no choice but to remove Snacktime Kids from the shelves and offer full refunds to people who had already purchased them. By chance in 2003, I found a Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid at a thrift store. Priced for just a couple of dollars, I knew I needed to buy it.
Firstly, I thought it might be valuable – since the doll was recalled, that might make it a collector’s item. “What are you doing?” That is when we realized that the doll’s fatal flaw was that you couldn’t make it stop.