DailyDirt: Toys For Girls
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Every parent wants to encourage their kid’s natural interests, but there are a ton of other influences in the lives of little kids — like toy makers and advertisers. It can be difficult to find purely educational toys that aren’t trying to peddle a bunch of other stuff. For parents of little girls, the toy aisles seem particularly loaded with questionable themes. Here are just a few examples.
- Lego Friends is a line of toys aimed at girls that are reinforcing some stereotypes. Lego is trying to expand beyond its traditional customers of little boys, and the company has done a lot of research to try to create a toy that girls want to play with. [url]
- Gwen Thompson is an American Doll introduced in 2009 — as the world’s first “homeless” doll. Gwen was a limited edition doll (sold for $95), and hopefully she isn’t living on the streets anymore. [url]
- Chemistry sets have changed a lot over the years (mainly to make them
boringsafer), and a few of them are now geared exclusively for girls. Some parents are offended by “science kits” that are basically advertisements for cosmetics and perfume, but there are a lot of toys that are simply advertisements for other products…. [url]
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