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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    Bleh. I hate all the girlified crap. Really, that's what happening... the unisex stuff is now "boy stuff," and then they're making pink versions of everything. Ick.
    This is exactly how I feel. Why do the ELC multi-coloured blocks need to be identified as the boy blocks? Why does the traditional Fisher Price activity centre need to be modified for girls?

    The Earth isn't pink. I've never seen pink tools in the hardware store. It just doesn't make sense to make them pink, it only consolidates the notion in a little girl's mind that certain things are for her use, and certain things are off limits.

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    Honestly, my first impression was if they are passionate people, they need to be passionate about something else. For goodness sake, we all have free choice - if we want to buy our daughter a truck, we can! I don't think this is worth carrying on about, who cares? There are things in the world worth fighting for, this is not really one of them imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    I hate all the "boy toys," and "girls toys," in even toddler ranges now!

    When DD was little - Little People were Little People - there went "pink pet salons," for the girls and then some other alternative for boys. Lego was Lego - there were girl minifigs if you searched for them, but they weren't wearing pink clothes and dealing with pink blocks to make their own little design studio or anything. There was ONE baby playcentre thing... it didn't come in boy colours and girl colours, just one option. There weren't "pink rattles," and "blue rattles." There was just colourful rattles.

    Bleh. I hate all the girlified crap. Really, that's what happening... the unisex stuff is now "boy stuff," and then they're making pink versions of everything. Ick.

    Personally, that bubblegum pink makes me feel stabby, so I hate it... but even if it was a more appealing colour I'd still hate it. Why does my daughter need pink everything? I'm okay with pink, and her playing with pink junk... but why must everything be pink? What's wrong with white? What's wrong with blue or green ro red? Why must it have flowers and pink and stuff all over it?

    Often, when I could find something non-pink I'd go for it... and even when she was a baby I prefered to dress her in a range of colours.

    I dunno, I kind of think kids don't need to be taught, "you're a girl and this is what girls like." I think you can get pink tool kits for kids now... DD has a Bosch kids tool kit... not "girly" at all.
    Even Lego now comes in girl and boy sets! I'm getting dd the Harry Potter start-up pack for her birthday which is apparently for boys, girls have puppies and ponies with pink stables and houses and girl people characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    I've never seen pink tools in the hardware store.
    Ooooh, I have! They're aimed at women, obviously.

    I hate them though, and DP has said they look cheap and overpriced (he knows tools - he has lots! lol). If I'm going to be doing handyman work, why do I need the "pretty" ones? Does using tools have to be a sexy, attractive task for women that we require tools that look nice (not IMO, but I'm sure they're supposed to). Why not tools that just get the job done?

    I don't see why women need special pink tools... as if we're all paranoid that we need to look sexy and feminine while setting up the bunk beds or something...

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    Why is the focus always on gender stereotyping of girls? I think boys are more likely to miss out on things because 'boys don't do that' (dancing, playing with dolls etc.).

    I've been accused on gender stereotyping my DD because I want to put her into a toddler ballet class. She loves to dance, loves to wear dresses and skirts (tutus as she calls them ). I don't push it on her, that is just how she is! If I put her into a sport class people would applaud, but if I put a boy into dance I'd be getting remarks for sure.

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    I have heard it said that the pink tools are good so the 'man of the house' doesn't use them and break them, misplace them, or take off with them in their car etc... I too hate the idea of stupid pink tools, but any I did buy (not pink) did used to get abused by my now ex partner... my tools are now safe!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    Honestly, my first impression was if they are passionate people, they need to be passionate about something else. For goodness sake, we all have free choice - if we want to buy our daughter a truck, we can! I don't think this is worth carrying on about, who cares? There are things in the world worth fighting for, this is not really one of them imo.
    It's socially acceptable to buy a truck for a girl, dress her in jeans and a blue t-shirt, or let her ride a Spiderman bike. It is not socially acceptable to buy a doll for a boy, dress him in t-shirt with a pretty pink pony, or give him a Disney Princess bike to ride on. Why is this?

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    The other day I was flipping through my vintage Enid Gilchrist pattern magazine trying to decide what to sew for my upcoming bubba. There were NO patterns for 'boys' or 'girls', ALL the patterns were unisex for babies, and most of them were gowns (little dresses). Even in the toddler books, most of the clothes (dresses and skirts excepted) were for either sex, but for boys you add a fly. Stereotyping does start very young these days, it's almost as if we have gone backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Even Lego now comes in girl and boy sets! I'm getting dd the Harry Potter start-up pack for her birthday which is apparently for boys, girls have puppies and ponies with pink stables and houses and girl people characters.
    Yeah I know... and I'll admit DD has some. That said, I wish they weren't pink. I really wish they just had "general life," sets that were unisex. They have those Lego City kits but they're too basic... we need more than that for DDs play, because she doesn't just want a big RV and that's it. They should have girl and boy minifigs in hte same pack and not just doing "girl specific" things or whatever... they can still have a vet... it can be full of little Lego animals and stuff... no need for it to be pink and girly and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    Yeah I know... and I'll admit DD has some. That said, I wish they weren't pink. I really wish they just had "general life," sets that were unisex. They have those Lego City kits but they're too basic... we need more than that for DDs play, because she doesn't just want a big RV and that's it. They should have girl and boy minifigs in hte same pack and not just doing "girl specific" things or whatever... they can still have a vet... it can be full of little Lego animals and stuff... no need for it to be pink and girly and such.
    Yep dd has the Belleville one, but doesn't play with it. I bought her one of those big tubs with 1600 pieces and she plays with that building things for her dinosaurs, hot wheels or my little pony toys.


 
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