Monday, January 18, 2010
Girl-Toys: The Complot Begins
Why is it that since girls are very little, their parents, society, movies, toy stores and basically everyone, orients them towards boys?
On Christmas a little girl could receive several types of presents. One of them is a little easy-bake oven. I wonder what meaning lies beneath this apparently harmless gift. A baby doll is also very popular, but you cannot make a baby by yourself, can you? I once received a vacuum cleaner, which I would push around and different color balls would fly chaotically inside the transparent capsule. Maky-Club make-up kits are also brought by Santa regularly.
As you can observe, little by little the girl is completing the whole package: a kitchen, a baby, a vacuum cleaner and make-up so she can look pretty. I wonder what’s missing.
On the other hand, boys get remote control cars, robots, baseball kits, footballs and Legos, among others. These are all toys that encourage them to enforce male bonding and that basically orient boys to activities that involve them and only them.
The message that lies beneath the toys for boys is very simple: you don’t need anything else to enjoy yourself but this.
The message that lies beneath girls’ toys is: you must practice and get prepared to find a suitable boy. You must learn how to cook, clean, mother and look gorgeous. Why? In order to get a suitable boy.
So screw the whole usual girl-toys. If I have a daughter I would buy her a medical Kit; dancing costumes like ballet shoes, leotards and tiaras; I would get her Legos, Basketballs or Volleyballs, musical instruments, books, a wii, ANYTHING that doesn’t involve a boy ...directly or indirectly.