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How Do Children's Toys Affect Gender Roles

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                                                               How Do Children's Toys Affect Gender Roles

Toy manufacturers market gender-specific toys towards to girls and boys, perpetuating traditional gender roles. Children learn about what it means to be a man or a woman through pretend play. While it is fine for a girl to have a room full of pink princess toys, she might enjoy building a train track or crashing a car. Boys might enjoy taking a break from building block towers and shooting squirt guns to make a pretend meal in a toy kitchen.

 Pink Toys

There is no mistaking what gender is being targeted when strolling through rows of pink shelves chock full of pink toys in pink packaging. Pink princess-themed, dress-up clothes are next to pink kitchen sets. Pink toy kitchens are next to the pink tea sets. Packages of pretend pink makeup exist side by side with fashion dolls dressed scantily in pink clothing. While your little girl may naturally gravitate towards blocks, squirt guns and action figures, she may start to feel pressure to succumb to pink pressure. Pink toys overwhelmingly are associated with submissive or care-taking behavior. Girls (and boys!) might learn that girls should take care of babies and cook, and worry about how their makeup and clothes look.

Action Figures

Even though action figures are dolls in disguise, they reinforce traditional gender roles. You will probably never see an action figure holding a baby or pushing a vacuum. Action figures teach boys to be tough and to fight to protect others. In the rare event that you can find an action figure portraying a girl, she will probably be wearing a sexy bikini, halter-top and tall boots. Not exactly the most conducive outfit for saving people from harm.

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 Ms. Katie Zhang
 Yangwan Industrial Area,Qiaoxia Town,Yongjia County, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China (Mainland)


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