Thanks to A Mighty Girl’s Facebook feed for this contribution to the saga of retailers insisting on labelling toys for girls or for boys:
Flowchart via backinasex.tumblr.com
I’ve since spotted this prettier version from Kristen Myers, and done one of my own, since the above one (the earliest I’ve located) is now offline entirely.
Image by Kristen Myers, based on the above flow chart.
Image description: Is this toy for boys or for girls: a quick guide. Flowchart with one question: ‘Do you operate the toy with your genitals?’ Yes: This toy is not for children. No: This toy is for either boys or girls.
And for more ideas for feminist parenting, head to this post full of phrases you can add into everyday life.
For more on how we ‘over-gender’ our kids and their books, toys, adjectives and clothes, you might like to read:
When Words Fail
I’m Not Bossy I Just Have Better Ideas
Can Your Daughter Be a Hero?
A Mighty Need
Wanted: Rainbow Baby
Some good news stories on this front are here:
Toys for Future Engineers #1: Roominate
Toys for Future Engineers #2: GoldieBlox
A brilliant petition asking Lego to make their figures male on one side and female on the other, so kids can choose the gender of their characters.
If you have other examples or stories of gendered toys to share, please leave a comment below. Ranting encouraged but all opinions welcome.
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