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To feel less than thrilled about pink mega bloks

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TeacupTempest Wed 14-Nov-12 21:34:43

that MIL has bought for DD 1st birthday?

I love my MIL. She is a star.
I also realise that many girls love pink.

I had just hoped to avoid the pinkification of my baby for a bit longer.

Surely normal mega bloks are gender less?

Portofino Thu 15-Nov-12 08:49:59

I love the 1976 Argos calendar - it's like my childhood in a catalogue grin

Portofino Thu 15-Nov-12 08:49:10

I am completely with Tethers on this one. Dd is asking for the Lego Friends stuff for Xmas, the marketing off which in France and Belgium is much more "ooh look they have invented Lego for girls" hmm a good point made by Belgo when I was bemoaning the cost of the advent calendars the other day.
However she also want a chemistry set.

MrsCantSayAnything Thu 15-Nov-12 00:07:35

Well I know. But it's a start.

fishcalledwonder Wed 14-Nov-12 23:49:17

Don't fancy a trip to Knightsbridge every time I want to buy DD toys!

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:44:42

Look Harrods open gender neutral toy dept

Ha! Good on them! Now when Tesco see fit to do the bloody same we'll be on the way.

CanonFodder Wed 14-Nov-12 23:39:13

And the worst offenders have to be ELC. I just don't get why kids toys can't just be bright, funky colours, which could include pink, but not the pink overkill they currently are!

CanonFodder Wed 14-Nov-12 23:37:26

YANBU, it never fails to strike me as completely ridiculous that everything a girl touches these days has to be pink. My DD is 7 and we have had to go out of our way to find things that are girly but not fuschia, in your face pukey pink OR sweet and sickly baby girl pink. DD hates the colour, as do I these days, mostly because of it's pigeonholing of females and because it is absolutely bloody everywhere!

tethersend Wed 14-Nov-12 23:35:00

But even parents aren't impervious to the strong societal influences.

fishcalledwonder Wed 14-Nov-12 23:32:59

I think it will continue as so many parents embrace it. As someone said upthread, if people didn't want them, pink toys wouldn't be made.

As a mother of a DD, I do not want any limits placed on her because she is a girl. She is currently only 1 so I can ensure she has access to all types of toys, pink pretty ones included. At this point, pink blocks would do no harm.

As soon as other influences creep in, I will be fighting against the narrow view of what it means to be a girl that is thrust at little girls from all angles. Yes she may 'choose' the pink, princessy path, but I feel that girls are being pushed down that path rather than choosing it for themselves.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:32:12

It's not only the organised campaigns that make waves Tethers...parents do...even ones not involved in campaigns. We're the ones who buy or don't buy.

tethersend Wed 14-Nov-12 23:28:49

Is it?

Because most campaigns I see against the genderisation of toys are stigmatising pink and doing all the things I have described.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:24:05

It's getting a push already but these things take a long time.

tethersend Wed 14-Nov-12 23:22:54

You see, I disagree with that, Mrs- I don't think it would even out without a 'push'- otherwise the parents are going to ensure that the divide remains, even if its impact is softened. Which, IMO, isn't bloody good enough grin

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:18:29

Oh I know Bastard I know.

Sorry Curious for being rude. I do think it's best to read a thread fully and then respond accordingly.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:17:47

I can see some might do that Tethers...just as some parents would still discourage their DS from choosing "girls toys" but eventually it would even out as things became less about separating things.

BastardSpiders Wed 14-Nov-12 23:17:18

MrsCant pulling people up on being rude, by erm being rude.... grin

Oh the sheer irony of it. grin

tethersend Wed 14-Nov-12 23:15:44

I think de-genderising the toys is one of the answers- it would certainly have an impact. But I worry that the effect would be undone by well-meaning parents steering their DDs away from play which they see as not as worthy due to their own entrenched negative connotations with anything traditionally defined as 'female'

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:15:07

Yes I did *craic because imo it's rude to read the thread opener and not bother with the rest of the input.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:14:31

Tethers...which is why I suggest making toy irons in ALL colours and having ONE aisle of toys in which toy irons feature alongside cars, dolls, workbenches, horses....etc

TheCraicDealer Wed 14-Nov-12 23:14:25

Ignore Mrs, Curious- I'm sure she didn't mean to be so rude.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:13:39

Goodnight Bamboo smile

DamnBamboo Wed 14-Nov-12 23:12:52

Anyway Mrs nice to 'chat'

I'm off to bed now.


tethersend Wed 14-Nov-12 23:12:43

The iron is a good example- the only reason we see ironing as a negative activity is because of its low status. Low status which is due to it being done almost exclusively by women over the past few hundred years.

Do we feel the same about building a house?

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:12:11

Tethers I know. And I am talking about de-genderising the toys being the answer.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 14-Nov-12 23:11:29

Oh ffs curious join in by all means but the thread has moved on a lot. It's not about what your DD has.

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