Apparently chocolate is a boy's word...

(20 Posts)
Jenijena Sun 17-Mar-13 20:38:47

You can get fridge magnets which tell you so. They even have that special font and the words National Literacy on the packaging to make them official.

But it's ok, swimming is a boy's word too.

Needless to say, the girls get fluff, tiara and friends.

This is the twenty first frigging century and we're dividing the dictionary by gender?

kim147 Sun 17-Mar-13 20:40:39

I want to know how the French do it with Le and La .

No idea this happened in English - never got told this when teaching.

kim147 Sun 17-Mar-13 20:41:33

And they're blue and pink as well just to make sure you realise sad

SchmancyPants Sun 17-Mar-13 20:42:29

God, that's dreadful and depressing.

stargirl1701 Sun 17-Mar-13 20:43:14

Oh dear god. Just awful.

Startail Sun 17-Mar-13 20:47:40

Yikes, how many stereotypes can you cram in one product.

I suspect it's just a way of getting girls parents to spend twice as much since my mud pie making, football playing, toy car loving, ice cream scoffing, ballet dancer would want both to write about her favourite things.

(Also we will make no comment about make-up in KS1 words.)

Schooldidi Sun 17-Mar-13 20:48:08

How horribly sad for children not to be allowed to use the whole language sad How are we going to be able to talk to the opposite sex in the future when we haven't learnt 'their' words?

Dd1 has informed me that she would have kicked off big time if I'd ever bought her the 'girls' words, because the boys got wizard, cobwebs, worms and dinosaurs. Those were her favourite things when she was of an age to be needing words on the fridge.

caughtinagiggleloop Sun 17-Mar-13 20:49:36

Good to see that cooking is in its correct place - on the pink one.

djelibeybi Sun 17-Mar-13 20:52:25

Could any French-speaker explain why le vagin is masculine?

BertieBotts Sun 17-Mar-13 20:59:52

W.T.F??

Surely a generic "fun words" would suffice for both genders? I'm pretty sure I could make a fun sentence with frogs and wizards. sad

Cheddars Sun 17-Mar-13 21:16:19

Incredible sad.

Does anyone know how to link this product to the Facebook Let Toys Be Toys page? This is one of the worst example I've seen of gender discrimination.

sallysparrow157 Sun 17-Mar-13 21:22:28

The girl's words has furry lipstick... I'd say that was more of a boy dog phrase (lowers the tone....)

Trekkie Sun 17-Mar-13 21:55:48

I think we had a post about these magnets a couple of years back and everyone was rightly horrified. Glad to see they are still making them <head desk>

fluffywhitekittens Sun 17-Mar-13 22:00:05

Oh my word.

What a load of arse!

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Sun 17-Mar-13 22:21:21

'forest' is a boy's word. I'm a (female) tree surgeon...guess I'll stick to bonsai trees confused

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 18-Mar-13 01:49:06

Could this finally be the reason I am looking for to give up chocolate?

Erm, nope.

mabongwen Mon 18-Mar-13 01:54:10

I know in welsh we have female and male words and it affects the mutation that takes place confused I didn't think it was the same in English?

In welsh you just learn which words are male and which are female

djelibeybi Mon 18-Mar-13 02:13:03

Close inspection reveals that "chocolate" is a multi-sexual word. I am sure we are all delighted.

The magnet sets are a rip-off: boys only have "snails" and "dogs" instead of the full "slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails".

On the positive side, they have "dragon" but not "butter" and "blue" without "waffle".

I do think that "swinging" should only be considered at a later age.

Girls get "pink"! Extraordinary - I have never connected the two before. I see they also get "wings" but not "Clare Rayner" or "towels". (Am I showing my age?)

mowzer Fri 22-Mar-13 23:18:56

Awful. Just awful.
Djelibeybi - no idea why le vagin is masculine, but don't think we should read too much into it since la prostate is feminine... unless that is because it is a pain in the arse? (in which case, french revolution!)

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