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NYT Op Ed on Gender and Toys

Someone posted this on facebook, so I read it.

NYT Op Ed

This piece is written by Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, a book I highly recommend.

In the article, she comments on the issue of Lego putting out a pinked version for girls. I would love to see Lego take a good look at the gender representations of their figures as they are now. There are many more male ones, and the female ones often do not have good roles. That is where they could make changes to engage girls more.

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Pinking the World – Gifts Recieved

Today was daughter’s first major gift receiving experience. Overwhelming with several cousins and much unwrapping to be done. Each one was greeted with, “Can I wrap this?” at which point the wrapping was ripped off. As is the tradition in my family, many presents were books. One came from wonderful relatives in Costa Rica- a pink shirt! What do do. I love the relatives, I even like having a shirt that says Costa Rica. Early on, all of the pinking of my daughter was easy to avoid as pink things flew out the door as fast as they poured in. She is old enough to warrant some measure of control over and desire for keeping this present. This is a turning point and will be a good meeting of the minds with my wife to figure out what to do.

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Gym Experience

Today, daughter (3.5 yrs old) went with cousins to a gym for open play time. One of the only non-pinks there, she enjoyed herself. The rack of sequinsed leotards at the front gave me pause, but there was no overt gendering by staff. Just streaks of pink flying by on trampolines and on the zip line. Why does one have to dress in tight pink to enjoy gym equipment if one is a girl? 

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Pinking the World – Legos

I really dislike many of the aspects of over-pinking the world. It is as bad as over-testosteroning the world. Admittedly, there are far more “boy” Lego kits, but balance is not restored by pinking Legos. Ungendering them and allowing kids to be creative is what is needed.

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