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'Let Toys Be Toys' Organising Thread - Part 2

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OneHandWavingFree Sun 02-Dec-12 12:43:19

"Let Toys Be Toys - For Girls, and Boys" is a campaign started by a group of Mumsnetters, to convince retailers to categorise their toys by theme or function, rather than gender.

We're inviting everyone to 'like' us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@LetToysBeToys) and join us right here for discussion and collaborative decision-making about the next steps of our campaign.

Himalaya has been hard at work compiling the information gathered by our fantastic LTBT Mystery Shoppers, and we will be agreeing right here how the surveys will be ranked, which retailers we will be targetting with our message, and how we will go about it.

If you think that girls and boys should feel free to play with whatever toys that interest them most, and that they shouldn't walk into a toy store and feel pressurised to conform into archaic gender roles and stifling stereotypes, please join in the discussion!

WomanlyWoman Tue 04-Dec-12 10:50:07

Been in Wilkinson's this morning, will fill survey in soon as

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 11:28:02

OHWF - that's not a problem: what happens is that a Tweet goes out "i posted.... photos on facebook" and then a link to the album. so then followers can click the link and see what it's all about.
they're used to that happening like that, so don't worry!

WomanlyWoman Tue 04-Dec-12 11:29:58

survey links:

high street stores

online and catalogues

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 11:35:20

withthedude - i agree re: Harrod's - it isn't gender neutral at all.
when you look at the displays, the themes are still very obviously boys versus girls, and yes, the staff wear pink for ladies and blue for men, even though they say "they're just nice colours" - funny that "green" or "purple" or "red" or "yellow" didn't feature in that, then... <y'know, ones that don't have gender connotations>

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 11:38:32

yes, thank you,. feeling better smile
still very tired and rundown, but not sick , so that's an improvement! grin

ashesgirl Tue 04-Dec-12 11:43:39

BBC Breakfast are getting in touch with us smile

LaGuerta Tue 04-Dec-12 11:50:22

Just spotted this thread.


I have been grumbling about this ever since I became a mother.

AndIfATenTonTruck Tue 04-Dec-12 12:31:46

oh wow ashes!!! superb!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 12:50:11


LaGuerat - it was one of the reasons I didn't find out what sex DD was - refused to gender stereotype the baby before it was even born!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 12:50:34

LaGuerta even (one-handed typing)

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 13:03:37

see, i thought it was an American thing (by your original thread OHWF)
this is an american store

MurderOfGoths Tue 04-Dec-12 13:10:14

Hey everyone, I'm about. Sorry to vanish. DS's hospital appointment was just for an allergy test, so nothing worrying. Unfortunately DH and I suffer with mental health problems and have been struggling the last few days.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Tue 04-Dec-12 13:12:21

This is brilliant - toys being listed for 'boys' or 'girls' online or in shops really gets on my nerves. Very impressed that people are doing something about it - thank you!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 13:17:40

hope you're feeling a bit more positive now Goth thanks
(only if DS doesn't have hayfever, in which case i retract the thanks and proffer brew and biscuit instead)

Himalaya Tue 04-Dec-12 13:29:00

Ah, finally found the new thread. I thought it had all gone quiet confused blush

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 04-Dec-12 13:32:51

Hello! Just saw this. Are we still doing surveys? Do I just fill in the form? Can I do online shop?

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 13:38:20

yup, still doing surveys.

there's a list of needs and don't needs up the thread ^
(by ConsiderCasey)

yes, just fill in the form as it says - if you do more than one you have to clear your cookies to be allowed back in.

Arkady Tue 04-Dec-12 13:44:57

I got all keen to post pictures of DS1 playing with his selection of domestic drudgery toys, tea sets, baking etc. Then I remembered that it would be no help at all as he's got long hair and gets taken for a girl all the time. Arse.
Will look round more see if I can find some of his mashups - trains having tea parties, cuddly toys in pushchairs holding a digger etc.

Arkady Tue 04-Dec-12 13:48:28

Will try to do survey for local independent department store tomorrow to give it credit for actually getting it right. No signs anywhere, everything by theme.
Will depend on everyone stopping bloody vomiting though, so can't promise.

Himalaya Tue 04-Dec-12 13:50:12

Yes please more surveys. I am working on the data crunching but can add more data as it comes it. It helps if we have a few responses for each store, so the average is more reliable.

PeggyCarter Tue 04-Dec-12 13:55:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 14:13:55

does he look more boylike if his hair is tied back?

Himalaya Tue 04-Dec-12 14:16:18


Unless something much more newsworthy happens in the next 24hours we are going to be on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning.

We have an informal 'media swat' team of onehandwavingfree, ashesgirl, Aufaniae, MurderofGoths and me....and one of us will be on the telly.

There may be more media requests after that (I think there is a sweet spot between the Swedish catalogue story and xmas - and we have to go for it now, even if we are not quite ready...)

Anyone else who wants to join the media team put your hand up!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 14:25:55


PeggyCarter Tue 04-Dec-12 14:27:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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