Today on Facebook I noticed a friends status that read:
"So it has always bothered me that play kitchen sets are always "for girls" and I was looking for toys for ----- and came across a washer/dryer/iron set in all pink! Are you kidding me? Does that strike anyone else as sexist? So anyways we registered ----- for her first sport bag, complete with softball, soccer ball, and basketball. Take that Fisher Price."
The comments that followed all talked about how it was sexist and how all these moms to be are not letting their daughters play with Barbies or have anything Disney Princess.
Okay. I think I am going to number this rant..
1. Not all play kitchens are for girls and they are not all pink. Most play kitchens are not pink and feature a photo of a boy and girl playing with them on the front.
2. Why does your newborn need a sports bag that she is not going to be able to even sort of use until she is 2? (I know! Personal choice of theirs.)
3. You just posted a picture of the Bumbo, car seat, stroller, ect. that you bought your daughter and all of it is PINK.
My biggest issue though with the status was the comments from so many mothers about banning their daughters from Barbie and Disney
. What is wrong with a girl being a girl? It seemed to me from what I read these mothers were banning these things because they were so girly, not for any moral reason at all.
If you are going to ban those things because they are to girly, shouldn't you ban all
dolls or any object that is overly girly?
I've been seeing this huge push lately from mothers trying to not let their children be defined by their sex. I don't think the right way to do that is to not let girls play with "girls" toys and not let boys play with "boys toys". Or ban something simply because it is girly. Has anyone else noticed this trend lately?