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Oh, I am SO with this kid. Hell, i'm a 23 year old girl who frequents the 'boy' toy isles to get my transformers... and most all the other transfans i know are female. we all love our plastic crack.
But it would be so very convenient if they kept the TF's next to the My Little Ponies.
And the Barbies next to the Gi-Joes(or whatever counts as Gi-J's these days... idk, ben tens and star wars tiys n crap i guess).
I never really thought much of it before, but now this kid mentions it, the segregation of boy and girl toys is pretty off to some degree. And girls dont want that much pink. Christ, even as a kid that much pink made me barf.


When I was a kid, I stole all my brother's toys to play with. I had his Superman and Hulk action figures in my dolls house and I would beat him in all the video games we used to play. On the other hand, he ended up with the toy fridge and oven my dad made for me which he would play with DAILY for almost the whole year, and he would steal all of my lip smackers (He'd eat them like candy...) and dolls. And damnit, we LOVED it. We turned out all right. I still beat him at video games though.

Kids don't think they should play with specific toys until people tell them they should, which isn't a good idea - it means they end up missing out. There was a McDonald's campaign a few years ago that caught onto this and marketed the girls toys for boys and vice versa. That worked amazingly.


Gawd, I hate pink. In Kindergarten, we made plaster casts of our hands and put a piece of yarn through the top to hang on the wall. Boys got blue yarn, girls got pink. I hated pink so much at the time (still do) that even after asking nicely several times to get blue yarn instead of pink, protesting and even throwing a fit. I ended up with pink yard in the end, when I got home with the plaster cast, I cut the pink yarn off and used some of my grandma's ugly arse brown yarn to put back through the hole. When I was a kid, I was really into cabbage patch kids. Not girl dolls, but the boy cabbage patch kids. Loved skateboards-my barbies would always beat up my brother's GI joe dolls, I love my brothers transformers toys than he did (still a transformers and scifi geek) my easy bake oven was for melting crayons into different colors, never for baking stuff, hated dresses-still do-to the point at my high school graduation I was given a stern lecture by the princeable for showing up in a business casual pant suit instead of a dress, my prom "dress" was a woman's tux and hated how all the girls toys were pink-so much pink that I was turned off by many of the girl toys I was interested in as a kid but of all the friggin yucky pink. And I still turned out straight and happily married.

Kid's got a great point.


I'm totally with you there, girlfriend. I hated pink as a kid (still somewhat do, I wouldn't wear it) and thought that dolls were boring. I wanted cars and superheroes and legos. They were so much more fun! The burst of pink from the girls' toy section hurts my eyes, it's ridiculous.

I'm glad though that society is slowly starting to see that gender-segregating stuff like toys is stupid. There's no need to tell kids what's "for girls" or "for boys." Things like toys, books, games, etc are for everyone! (I made a point of mentioning this when I worked at Hoarders and parents asked "is this for boys?" Me: "I think books are for everyone, and none are for just one or the other.") It'll probably be a lot longer before the lines really blur, but this is where the change starts.

More power to you, Riley, for realizing this. There are a lot of people out there who agree with you.


I used to have a babysitter who forbade me to play with "boy toys", saying that "She was going to make me act like a little girl".

My parents didn't want to make waves or risk offending her (It would be a pain in the butt to find another sitter if she didn't want us after that), and nobody stood up for my tomboyish self. Needless to say, I was miserable. Seriously, I used to play with my barbies and He-man figures together. Sometimes Barbie was a giant that He-man had to fight, other times they were on the same side. My only gripe was that Barbie's hands couldn't hold a sword too well. And I had a male friend who thought playing with my barbies was fun. We just didn't tell the other kids at school because we knew they would tease him.
Seriously, gender stereotypes and forced compliance with them just suck.


Oh man, I remember when my mom told me I pretty much had the same rant when I was little, though she wanted me to get into baby dolls and all that. When I was young I was in love with Godzilla and dinosaurs, and instead of using the baby bottles/strollers I got from mom for those annoying baby dolls I used to push around my Godzilla/dinosaur toys and bottle feed them instead. I remember when I used to play in the dirt and mud with those big metal Tonka trucks as well...I miss those days.


Yeah... the only time you'd have found me in the girly toy aisle is "passing through on my quest for the GOOD stuff, kthxbai."


What a gorgeously intelligent little darling! She makes a great point, she'll go far!. Adorable.


I hate to play wet blanket here - well, sort of, anyway - but while I agree with the general disdain for "frilly pink girl toys", I really don't have a problem with stores grouping them together. If you're looking for something specific, it makes it easier to find. Besides, just because the toys are grouped doesn't mean you can't buy a superhero for a girl. It just means you have to look in a different aisle.

Perhaps I'm missing the point, but it's not like there's a law prohibiting shopping for a girl in the "boys" aisle.

Cherry IScream

If I ever breed and have a girl, I hope she's at least half as intelligent as this little girl right here! I would be a very proud mama!


This kid is awesome. I want to clone her.


My brother and I fought over his Hot Wheels for the most part. I think I owned one Barbie, but I did like stuffed animals (since I couldn't have real ones). Then I discovered books! OMG! Books! Books are fantastic. You can't go wrong with them and they can open your imagination.

When my girls came along, I found out very quickly that they were not a fan of dolls and pink, frilly things either. Stuffed animals, radio controlled cars, new equipment for their ponies and dogs were what they wanted. Oh, and Power Wheels (which was never going to happen). They discovered Goosebumps books, and we had a very large collection before they went off to read other things. My son liked trucks and cars and things he could DO (of course) and since home computers had just started becoming popular, he wanted games for them. We tried to lean towards educational ones.

heavy melvanova

But there is a problem with the toys: Girls can play with boy toys, it makes them "strong". But boys playing with girl toys will be seen as "weak". That's why girls will show off that they play video games or with action figures, but boys will never admit to playing with dolls.

My son had a dollhouse for a while, he used to invade it now and then and have his superheroes jump over it.


"Perhaps I'm missing the point, but it's not like there's a law prohibiting shopping for a girl in the "boys" aisle"

You aren't even in the same galaxy as the point.

What is the real point of putting frilly, useless, brain-deadening toys in the girls' aisle and all the interactive, interesting, and brain-training toys in the boys aisle? What is does it say about society that toys are segregated by gender, and are not the same? What does it say about society that girls can play with boy toys (sometimes), but boys can't play with girl toys? Why is it bad to be female?

T-Shirt Sponge

To the devils advocates: It not about AISLES so much as it is about MARKETING. Watch some children's toy commercials for a few minutes. It's disgusting. No child is allowed to deviate from the conformed norms or they will be branded by their peers because the television companies decide who is allowed to play with what.

It is unlikely that I will ever have children, but if I do, I hope they're like this kid :D

Queer Geek

Smart kid. She's gonna be a future president.

Ted the 'Flayer

Appropriate link:

Also, the My Little Ponies need to be in the men's aisle. Don't they realize who buys them?


True that... both my sons (13 and 12) are Bronies. I have no problem with that. In exchange for watching MLP with them, I get free access to their copy of Spore whenever I want.

Book Wench

When I was but a wee spawn, I adamantly refused to play with anything other than Legos and plastic animals. Then this year they came out with "girl Legos" and my little heart just about broke.

This girl seems like a really cool kid. Hope her parents appreciate her.


We're still kind of going with the 60s trend of girls' toys being mostly designed to teach them how to cook and feed babies from an early age. There are more gender-neutral toys now that I will buy for my nieces and nephews (stuffed animals or pillows, Tinker Toys/Legos/other blocks, puzzles, books, paint sets, etc). Realistically we will never overcome gender roles because >1 million years of evolution have shaped them, but that's no reason to force clothes or toys on a kid if they find it objectionable.

Book Wench

I believe you have mistaken ">1 million years of evolution" and ">five thousand years of culture." Other than that, fair point.

RoXas Saix

I'm hoping that with the introduction of the ever so amazing My Little Pony, those stereotypes will be blown out of the water.

Because we all know that the majority of those fans are male. I'm not one of them though.

I'm just a pega-sister.

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