Daily Archives: December 10, 2011

Gender Specific Toys

My four-year old son wants an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas – for the second year in a row. I have no problem buying him one, however, my husband does. Which leads me to the topic of gender specific toys.

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My husband is truly bothered by the fact that our son wants a girl toy. But since when is cooking and baking just for girls? Hello – anyone know Buddy from the Cake Boss.

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 Yes, the Easy Bake Oven is marketed towards girls – it’s pink and purple and only shows girls playing with it. But what if it we’re blue and cooked hamburgers? Then could boys play with it? What about coming out with an Easy Bake Grill?

I took a lot of childcare classes in college, and I know that there is nothing wrong with a boy playing with dolls or a girl playing with trucks. It won’t change their outcome in life or their sexual preference. To a child, a toy is a toy. They play with what they like. Why can’t a boy play with a doll? Men are fathers, aren’t they?

My husband disagrees. My son had a My Little Pony toy from a Happy Meal toy once, and my husband got rid of it. For some reason it questions him manhood. I can understand where he’s coming from – he grew up in a family of three boys, playing with trucks and guns and video games. But would he be upset if we had a daughter and she wanted to play with trucks?

What are your thoughts on the subject? Is it okay for boys to play with “girl” toys and girls to play with “boy” toys?

If your son wanted an Easy Bake Oven, would you get him one?

We shall see on Christmas, whether there’s one under the tree or not.

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