Young Riley loves toys as much as the next kid, but something just didn’t sit right with her as she and her father perused the children’s trinkets at a local store.
As marketing goons and brand name tricksters continue to play on the old gender stereotypes which surround children at play, the divide between pink-clad princesses and action-packed superheroes is growing wider in the toy aisle, yet narrower in the minds of their kids themselves.
When asked by her father from behind the camera, why she thinks the toys for girls and boys are so different, Riley responds with a wit and wisdom way beyond her years…
“It’s because the companies who make these try to trick the girls into buying the pink stuff, instead of stuff that boys want to buy, right?”
Going beyond this, Riley can find no sound or honest reason that toys of any kind should be considered gender specific, saying,
“Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses…some boys like superheroes and some boys like princesses…” finishing with a righteous smack of the hand, asking “So then, why does all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different color stuff?”
And you couldn’t be more on the spot there, Riley. For what difference is there between a doll and an action figure, if but the label on the box and several generations of stereotypes?