The husband’s workplace had office Halloween party and there were prizes for best dressed kids. The husband was thus tasked with selecting one prize that would be good for either boy or a girl(considering no one knew who would win beforehand!)
Now this is where our problem began. Off we went to Target to pick up a gift real quick and come back home to watch TV! Books were out because we needed something appropriate for ages 4 and up. So were clothes etc. Gift cards were deemed too boring(that was me). I liked the idea of a movie DVD like The Jungle Book or something, but the husband thought parents might not like someone else making movie decisions for their kids. So all that was left was toys. Little did we know that toys these days are strictly categorized as Girls and Boys. This is what we found:
Playsets are almost exclusively for girls
Building sets are all boys
There were some doctor sets that sound like unisex to you and me, but NO, leave those for the girls
Most of the girls section toys were creepy, like these Baby Alive dolls that jump up and down in their baby booster seats when u approach them, and make some weird noise like ‘mm mammma’ (ugh reminded me of that Marathi movie where the doll is evil). Then there are pink glittery fairy play things, like wands and wings. The only thing in the girls section that tempted me to death was the super awesome dollhouse, complete with lace trim curtains and pink upholstery. Pretty much everything in the girls’ toy section is pink, or purple and glittery. (not to forget, creepy)
Then the boys section. Most of it was black, or grey or brown, and most of the toys were engines, robots or Lego. Other than the Lego sets I could barely hold my interest up in this section. But it was far less creepier than the girls’. There were some very nifty toy trains and other vehicles that mesmerized me for a bit too.
I thought everyone liked Lego but the salesperson let us know that LEGO is a nono for girls. Is that really true? I appreciate the fact that there are thousands of toys to choose from, but overall, I was not impressed by the way the toys were clearly demarcated. What if a boy wanted to play house? What if a girl likes building sets?
I have no idea how kids these days are, but back from when I was a kid, I played with pots and pans as well as cars and toy trains and building blocks. (Although, boys playing house was still rare). But the pink vs blue seems to have gone a bit too far now. What do my readers think about this?