Ms. Blog just had a really interesting piece about gender-neutrality and toys. It seems, as you can see by the accompanying image by Let Toys Be Toys, that we’re going backward in terms of “gendering” toys. Why is that a big deal?
Well, for a bunch of reasons, but when it comes to learning, you’re really limiting your child’s options when you have designated “Girl’s Toys” and “Boy’s Toys.”
If kids learn from real-life experience and the experience in their household is that everybody pitches in to get things done, then what happens when they go to the store to find realistic household imitative toys and see that some of those items are marketed only to girls and some only to boys?
And let’s face it, I don’t know about you, but our washing machine and vacuum cleaner aren’t hot pink, anymore than the power tools in our house are bright orange, blue and yellow.
The point I’m trying to make is that kids should be able to take advantage of learning experiences and play with whatever toys they want to without the color of the toys or the sign above them in the store making them feel like they’re in the wrong place.
Learning isn’t a gendered experience, it’s a human experience. So, how do you deal with non-gender neutral toys in your household?