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Gendered Toys

White House Agrees: Gendered Toys Not Just Child's Play

Emily Long | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Emily Long

This week, the White House announced a day-long conference about gender stereotypes in toys and media. Finally.

Watch These Adorable French Kids Break Down Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents

A French ad is tackling the subject of gender stereotypes in children's toys. Titled "#GenderFreeChristmas," the video from the food retail group Sys...

'LEGO' Documentary Directors On The Gender Imbalance Of Toys

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents

LEGO has been heralded as one of the few gender neutral toys on the market, yet the company came under fire in 2012 when it released LEGO Friends, a l...

Mom Calls Out Target For 'Unnecessarily Gendered Marketing'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

A Target store categorized a particular set of toys by gender, and Twitter users aren't too happy about it. Abi Bechtel spotted a sign at a Target ...

Amazon Removes 'Boys' And 'Girls' From Toy Categories

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents

It appears that Amazon is finally "letting toys be toys." As techie Twitter user Jack Danger pointed out in a tweet, Amazon made a small change to ...

Barbies, Hot Lava and One Unhappy Dad

Julie Tarney | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

Ryan looked up at his father, and a tiny wrinkle of worry appeared between his eyebrows. His dad was not happy, and it was clear Ryan didn't know why. My pulse accelerated. I felt uncomfortable witnessing this scene.

Side-By-Side Photo Proves Gender Stereotypes Are Alive And Well In Kids' Books

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but these covers offer a lot to criticize. This week, a HuffPost editor noticed this set of books...

Introducing Director Barbie: Ready for Her Close-Up?

Ursula Burton | Posted 04.12.2015 | Women
Ursula Burton

We want children to grow up in a world where possibilities are many, where there are more options for them, and certainly playing with Director Barbie is going to give children an expectation that this job is open to both sexes. But children are sponges who absorb cultural cues.

Little Girl Shuts Down The Idea That Superheroes Are Just For Boys With One Angry Glare

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents

When British mom Karen Cole and her daughter Maggie were shopping at chain store Tesco on Saturday, they came across an upsetting sign in the toy aisl...

The Problem With the New Goldieblox Ad

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

I want to live in a world where wearing lip gloss and understanding quantum physics is not mutually exclusive. I want it to be normal for baking and welding to coexist on a hobby list. I want women to feel like they can leave the house without makeup, but if they choose to wear stilettos, they aren't lowering their IQs.

The Subtle Backlash: It's My Kid in a Box

Ariel Chesler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

I fear that my daughters will be limited by the culture they ingest, that I will be powerless to stop it. That they will, in the end, be eaten by Cinderella.

How To Tell If A Toy Is For Boys Or Girls In One Easy Step

Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents

It's time to resolve the unending but inexplicable confusion over whether girls and boys can play with the same products. Before you head out to shop ...

Hey, Toys 'R' Us, Stop Thrusting Gender Roles on My Kids!

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

The girls' section was a pink bubble. The themes: fashion, cooking and cleaning. The promotional words on the packages were fun and frivolous. In contrast, the toys meant for boys communicated leadership, command, speed, agility, skill, might and success. I got the message then and there.

The 'Mouthy Housewives’ Respond To Mattel's Marketing For Moms

The Mouthy Housewives | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
The Mouthy Housewives

Since the Mouthy Housewives have seven boys between us, we've followed Mattel's lead and broken down how to play with some traditional boy toys for our readers. It may be tough, but hang in there, Mom.

Dadmissions: Girls and Boys and Toys

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

When I go to McDonald's with the kids (yes, we go sometimes) I need to ask the Happy Meal people for a girl toy. If the girls get a boy toy, they get mad. Really.

Swap The Audio Between Boys And Girls Toy Ads, And You Will Be Disturbed

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.30.2012 | Home

Everyone knows little kids are indoctrinated early. Either they choose pink and Barbies or blue and GI Joes, or they end up getting written about in t...