To our friend “NoOneofImport”
If Linda didn’t already beat me to posting on this one – Time Magazine
Three generations of women walk into a toy shop. The older woman’s goal is simple: to find a fabulous toy for a little girl. It aligns exactly with the goals of the child, recently turned 3 and freshly aware of the thrill of buying stuff.
You know exactly what part of “silly” this article is going to, right? I bet Linda does…
intergenerational warfare is postponed by the disappearance of my daughter. A frantic search finds her in the pink toy aisle, sitting inside a miniature car. The motorcar is plastic, it is pink, and it is branded by a well-known doll whose breasts are bigger than her feet.
I’ve never seen my child so happy.
Naturally I’m horrified.
Oh! HEAVENS FORBID! My 3 year old isn’t gender neutral!!!!!!! What will my feminist friends think of ME! Because it’s really about ME!
I peek into the boys’ aisle to see what sort of fantasies they’re engaged in while my daughter scrubs the floor. It’s all blue and camo brown in there…… These are the boys who’ll leapfrog over my daughter in the workplace, I think
You know, this is simply a different kind of middle school girl drama, I’m convinced. See, it’s not about her daughter or what SHE wants. It’s really all about ME! WAIT! It’s Hasbro’s fault!
Thanks to an unimaginative toy industry that continues to typecast our kids by gender, I’ve turned a family outing into an obstacle course I can’t win without being a killjoy. To make matters worse, my daughter doesn’t even like gender-neutral toys. …. What’s a feminist mom to do?