I refused to take DS in a toyshop yesterday because there were big signs at the back 'BOYS' and 'GIRLS' DS is only 3, he has only the vaguest understanding of what the difference is. DS was fine, DP rolled his eyes (but agreed it was silly)
To my horror he ran into the Disney store instead, and had to be gently talked out because all he was able to do was stand in front of the shelves in awe (holding mummy and daddy's hand for support).
I sometimes wonder if the 'pink glittery tat' is so breakable because it's made for girls and girls are expected to play 'nicely' with it, whereas unisex or 'boys' toys are more robust because boys are expected to be more rough and tumble?
Trying to find 'traditional girl's' toys in any colour other than pink was a nightmare when I was childminding. Even very young children are socialised that pink is a girl's colour, and therefore if a toy is pink it's only for girls. More often than not, it was mothers who verbalised these beliefs to their children.
The article is ok, if a little bland. There doesn't seem to be that much info in there. The comments at the bottom are annoying me though! "I've never seen a shop with girls toys/boys toys signs" just makes me want to ask them if they never go out?! I see them everywhere, and it bugs me that my 3yo DD is now noticing it.
It also bugs me that people tend to avoid buying anything for birthdays/christmas, that's on the wrong aisle, so she ends up with a bunch of crappy pink glittery tat that breaks almost straight away. Other than a push chair and 2 dolls, the only toys that have lasted well are the unisex ones, where the effort seems to have gone into making a decent, fun, working toy, rather than making it girly.
<stepping away from the computer now, before I start arguing with those leaving comments!>