The minute you become pregnant you are thrown into the world of pink and blue. Blue for boys and pink for girls and from the get go there is no escape. If you are having a boy then blue, cars and aeroplanes are all shoved down your throat and it's hard to find anything else. Don't get me wrong I love dressing Noah in blue but that's not because that it's the colour baby boys are "supposed to wear" he just suits it with his blonde hair and blue eyes. Which is a good job because if you go into your local shoe shop for example you have a choice of three colours; blue, brown or green. I must admit certain stores are getting better with their range of colours and options when it comes to both genders but I still feel it could be better and it's something that just gets more and more frustrating as my son gets older.
Anyway lets forget about that. It's one thing clothes being gender specific in colour but I didn't realise how far across the board this stereotype stretched. The clothes are just the tip of the iceberg for me, what pushed me over the edge was gender specific toys. And not just that but BLUE toys for boys and PINK toys for girls. Come on. Why?!
I came across the Leapfrog picnic basket toy this weekend. The basket had a cute smiley face, had different foods/shapes to put inside the basket and take out, it was interactive. It ticked all the boxes for me but guess what? It was in pink! And to add insult to injury it displayed two little girls playing with it on the box. This irked me but I thought maybe this shop only has them in pink but I checked online when I got home and was shocked to discover this toy only comes in pink! I have no issue going back and buying my son a pink toy but am I missing something here? I wasn't aware that picnics were just for girls, that boys don't have them, or even like food? This actually enraged me and I know that can be seen as a huge over reaction but that is how I feel. Why is this toy deemed "just for girls?" Sending the message out there that boys can't have picnics and it's girl thing? I'm sorry but that's not the message I want to send to my son.
Why in this day and age are toys being categorised in such a way? Who is to say that toys are only for a certain gender? Toys are toys and babies, toddlers and children should be able to play with whatever toy they like without any stigma attached. Kids should be able to play with whatever they find fun and not because it is pink or blue and what they "should be playing with". I would be more than happy to buy Noah a doll and pram if he ever wanted one but the sad thing is people would still be think "why is that boy playing with a doll".
Now don't get this misconstrue my issue is when toys are only in certain colours with no other option. I am unhappy about these toy companies telling parents what to buy their child and telling the child what they should like and be playing with. These companies need to get with the times and realise they aren't just limiting our children when it comes to play but they are being small minded, sexist and stereotypical too!