You have a son- friends and family gather with blue toys and blue clothes.
You have a daughter- all of those things in pink.
Why? Because society has always been teaching us that men and women are different. Which, to a certain degree they are. In history, men have always been thought of as superior in every way… even the “second class” African Americans gained most rights before women (think about how much it would suck to be a black woman back then!) And now-a-days we all want to say women and men are equal but how true is that really? Honestly, I can break down all of the gender issues I see in society with just children.
- Baby dolls- At young ages parents usually buy their little girls baby dolls while their boys receive action figures. What do baby dolls teach you? How to care for a baby. (Lets be clear though, this post is not me telling you that baby dolls or anything else I’ll mention are evil or bad, I just want you to read all of it and then get to my closing statements okay? So please refrain from jumping to conclusions or getting angry!) So anyways, baby dolls, especially modern ones, teach you to feed your baby, care for it, give it baths, change it’s clothes, and change it’s diapers. Is this a useful thing to teach our children who, odds are, will have their own someday? HELL YEAH!
- Easy Bake Oven- If you read #1, you should already know what I’m about to say about this one. I had an easy bake oven when I was little and I loved making cookies and stuff but it’s a predominately girl toy and teaches you cooking skills- which, again, is a good one for your children, of either sex, to learn!
- The always popular princess- If you have a young daughter she probably LOVES princess toys- dresses, shoes, tiaras, they’re all beautiful and fun. You can watch movies about them too, thanks to Disney! However, in almost all of those fairy tale stories there is a prince charming who rescues the princess and becomes the hero. This picture is somewhat true, a lot of the plot lines for Disney princesses is that they are saved by a prince- usually with a kiss. Cinderella is probably my favorite princess though, just because she isn’t ALL looks she’s a hard working girl who had a lot of life/home troubles. But read her part of the picture, her prince doesn’t pick her because of her work ethic or even her personality, it’s because of how beautiful she is. I actually found a lot of pictures like that one.
- Dress up- Both genders of children enjoy dressing up as something and pretending to be that, whether you believe me or not. Boys usually pick police officers, doctors, firemen, ect. While girls have fancy dresses, princesses, and nurses. Yes- I think the nurse thing is AWESOME! Finally, something for your kid to work for! Only- wait? Why is it that male nurses- such as Greg Focker- are ridiculed? Why can’t women be thought of as doctors, too? Well, the main reason is because during World War II women were finally allowed to be included in fighting… as nurses. Which, I like that they were finally included, you have to start somewhere! However, now, to me at least, it just feels like a doctor is superior to a nurse, therefore that should be the man’s job.
I’m sure I could go on and on with my own personal opinions on women vs. men in children’s toys. Like, do you remember boys telling you that blue was a “boy color”? I do. Blue just happens to have ALWAYS been my favorite color! I actually don’t like pink very much at all, though I hate yellow- pink’s a step above that! (: The main point of this is to express how unfair I think it is to expose your young children to this strange societal sexism. I have nothing against girls liking pink and princesses, but shouldn’t you let them play with superheroes and sports equipment, too? Honestly, what I see is that boys grow up wanting to be policemen, firemen, doctors, and superheroes… and little girls want to be princesses. I think we instill a need for love in our young girls- we teach them that they need someone to love them and they need to wear make up and do their hair perfectly.. they need to attract a big, strong man who can take care of them. I’m not a second-class citizen (neither is any other woman, African American, Hispanic, Asian, or any minority.) We’re all just human beings!
Maybe you’re reading this thinking “What a crazy feminist lesbian!” or maybe you’re thinking “Wow… she’s right. There’s a lot of sexism that we don’t even notice.” or even “Who gives a shit what my kid plays with?” First of all, I’m not a lesbian- nor am I really a “feminist”. I just want to be treated like any other human being should be treated, equally.
You really don’t have to agree with me, this is just one girl’s opinion.