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libertygrl
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Posted 09/06/13 - 12:29 PM:
Subject: Toys for girls and boys
I think boys should be allowed to play with "girls" toys and vice versa, but I also don't see anything wrong with marketing toys toward boys or girls. Some toys appeal more to the feminine mindset and others to a masculine one. To me it's an archetypal appeal and not necessarily a biological one. Also, I don't think there's anything wrong with children having a gender identity. I just don't agree with forcing a particular gender identity on children that they don't want (eg. transgender children).

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Posted 09/06/13 - 1:01 PM:

Unfortunately much of the gender stereotyping comes from the advertising by toy manufactures. (Both child toys and grown up toys). How many advertisements do you see for pick up trucks with a woman driving as opposed to a macho guy doing "Manly" things. When you see one with a woman driver you'll remember it. With our own children we would allow them to play with whatever toy they liked and engage in whatever activity they chose and we encouraged our children to do the same with the grandchildren. I take care of my 3 year old grandaughter a lot and sometimes we go into a store and one day we went into a store and the first thing she said was "I want to go look at the girly stuff." We have 2 toy kitchen sets and the girl plays with it sometimes and also the 7 year old boy will play too, but his father is a cook in a restaurant so the idea of a man cooking is not odd to him. I would suggest that gender preferences come from a variety of sources, cultural, biological being the main ones. It should also be noted that all girls are not girly to the same degree and not all boys are macho to the same degree. finally many activities and objects are not gender specific and are in fact gender neutral.
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Posted 09/06/13 - 1:02 PM:

Unfortunately much of the gender stereotyping comes from the advertising by toy manufactures. (Both child toys and grown up toys). How many advertisements do you see for pick up trucks with a woman driving as opposed to a macho guy doing "Manly" things. When you see one with a woman driver you'll remember it. With our own children we would allow them to play with whatever toy they liked and engage in whatever activity they chose and we encouraged our children to do the same with the grandchildren. I take care of my 3 year old grandaughter a lot and sometimes we go into a store and one day we went into a store and the first thing she said was "I want to go look at the girly stuff." We have 2 toy kitchen sets and the girl plays with it sometimes and also the 7 year old boy will play too, but his father is a cook in a restaurant so the idea of a man cooking is not odd to him. I would suggest that gender preferences come from a variety of sources, cultural, biological being the main ones. It should also be noted that all girls are not girly to the same degree and not all boys are macho to the same degree. finally many activities and objects are not gender specific and are in fact gender neutral.
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Posted 09/06/13 - 2:57 PM:

I agree Lib. It makes sense to market products to those groups to whom the product will have the greatest appeal. I think it also makes sense not to pigeon hole anyone. We're all very different. I myself have some interests that are typically considered "masculine", but have many more that are considered "feminine". Social pressures, especially when you're young, can dissuade you from marching to your own drum. Thankfully, experience and maturity (generally understood as getting old) helps to break free (at least partly) from such social bonds.
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Posted 09/06/13 - 9:54 PM:

Simply put, old farts don't care what other people think of them, I guess that makes me an 'old fart'. However my wife still has some say on how I dress, and I try to keep neat and clean, more for myself, dirty gets itchy.

Why are my posts doubled, I don't think I'm doing it?
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