I’ve been reading a fair bit recently about the issues of gender stereotyping childrens clothing and toys. It got me curious to think as to whether I contributed to this stereotype with buying for my kids. My oldest son was bought the typical boy toys – cars, trucks, lego and he loves to play with them and hates dolls. My daughter loves getting dolls and wearing pink clothing and dresses – however she also plays in the mud, with the cars, with lego, wears her brothers hand me down shirts and loves shows like Scooby Doo and Ben 10. My youngest son has a fascination with cars and balls (he is 2 years old). But he also plays dress ups and plays babies with his sister. I’m not sure how much I have or haven’t encouraged the stereotype. I like to buy my sons boy type things and my girl dollies and pretty dresses but I never stop them from getting things not typically for their gender. It is an interesting conversation to listen to and wonder about my own stance on the issue.
Posted anonymously, 30th September 2015