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Gender Stereotypical Toys

Did the toys we played with as kids set us up to follow stereotypes?
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Madeline El-Baroudi

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Gender Stereotypical Toys

Gender Stereotypical Toys Did the toys we played with as kids
set us up to follow societal stereotypes? Okay... So What? Boys What are some boy toys? Fun Fact! What do these toys teach us? It's a cliche, but, now it's up to this generation The Changes Gender Neutral Toys Why does it matter? What are some girl toys? Fun Fact! Girls Barbies
Cabbage Patch Kids
Tea sets
Kitchen Sets
Baby Dolls
Princess
Dress-up
Crafts
Make-up
EVERYTHING PINK! What do these toys teach us? To stay at home
Know how to cook and clean
Be able to raise children
How to shop and dress up
To look pretty on top of it all Gender roles are outdated
Boy toys only call to the violent side
Boys and girls are criticized
Body image
Social acceptance
What gender is valued more
It effects us in the future
Limits us Be open
Don't shelter
Let them choose
Don't set the gender roles Slinky
Play-doh
Rubber ducky
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Tetris
Checkers
Skates We can change it
It's become a need
Design gender neutral toys
ACTIVITY TIME!! Create gender neutral toy Construction toys
G.I. Joe
Cars
Trains
Building blocks
Lego
Superheroes
Nerf guns
Footballs
BLUE! All G.I. Joe 12-inch action figures have a scar on their right cheek. They also have an inverted thumbnail on the inside of their left thumb in honor of a production error made years ago. (weirdfacts) How to work
Build
Fight/violent
To be the man of the house
To provide for the family
To have a job
Be masculine
To be a hero Ruth Handler, creator
of Barbie, based the barbie
on what Nazis thought were
beautiful (blond hair, blue eyes)
for her daughter. "Due to the stereotypical activities based on gender that society expects children to abide by through the toys they choose, boys and girls become limited only to their own gender, not allowing them to explore different roles. Of course boys and girls show physical differences, but as a young child, they generally have the same mentality when it comes to play." (unc) Finding gender neutral toys is hard for the parents that believe toys set up gender roles. Though we have opened up and have mostly diminished stereotypes, they still exist within our society. Sources Starr, Denise. "How Toys Teach Children Stereotypical Gender Roles: A Look Inside a Local Toy Store." How Toys Teach Children Stereotypical Gender Roles: A Look Inside a Local Toy Store. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2013. <http://www.unc.edu/~dcderosa/STUDENTPAPERS/childrenbattles/toysrusdenise.htm>.

"Gender-Stereotyped Toys." Gender-Stereotyped Toys. Questia.com, n.d. Web. <http://www.questia.com/library/psychology/child-and-adolescent-psychology/gender-stereotyped-toys>. "If a child prefers toys that are meant for the opposite sex, other children and even adults may be very harsh on it labeling it as sissy or tom boy."
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