Nicole - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
First off I think boys and girls should be allowed to have what every toys interest them.
What frustrates me is that I have noticed while shopping for toys for both my son and my hone day care are the gender specific toys.
Fisher Price has been pretty bad for this. For example they offer a singing and talking tool bag for boys and a bright pink singing and talking purse for girls.
They offer all pink stacking rings, shape sorting blocks, chew toys, phones ect.
Yes I realize I could easily get pink stuff for my son he really wouldn't care.
BUT why are they marketing toys that way? Why are they forcing Pink to be a "girl's colour?"
It also frustrates me when parents won't let their boys play dress up, house, have dolls or any other "girl" type toys because it will make them weak or become homosexuals.
It won't do either.
It also frustrated me when I occasionally came across a closed minded teacher in one of the centers I worked at who would admonish the preschool boys for putting on the dresses in the house center. They weren't wearing for any other reason other then that they liked the way they looked (we had a lot of cut down old bridesmaid dresses and such that were very sparkly --all children love sparkles). She would tell them that they were being bad. (She would be the teacher I refer to in my Bad and Naughty post).
Why do you think in this day and age toy stores and companies are still segregating our childrens' toys by colour?
Maybe I would be less aggravated if the same stores and companies offered tools, cars, trucks and yes even weapons in the colours of fuchsia and hot pink.