‘My 4 year old daughter is now starting to get self conscious walking into the ‘boys’ section to get her favourite things and it’s heart-breaking to watch.’
‘My girls love Lego, trains, swords and pirates, along with dolls and crafts. They’re getting to an age where they worry about things for girls and boys, and hesitate to play with “boys” toys now as they feel they’re doing wrong. I hate having their options limited by retailers and the media.’
‘My son confessed that he has always wanted a dolls’ house but has always been too embarrassed to ask for one because he thought they were just for girls. He’s 11.’
‘I purchased my godson a beautiful freestanding kitchen for his birthday. His father huffed and moaned about it being a “girl’s toy”’
‘I feel sad because my 5yo daughter … only just realised that some people think girls and outer space don’t go….’
‘I was looking at scooters with my daughter a while back, she was quite happily whizzing up and down the aisle on a blue flashing light type thing when the shop assistant came over and said, ‘here’s a nice girly one for you’ and handed us a clunky Disney Princess heap. My daughter got on it and gave it a try, then handed it back with a look, said ‘it’s too slow’ and got back on the blue one. He looked confused. It’s this kind of interference though that can make kids think they should be a certain way, I hate it.’
Read our blogpost here about how children are affected by gender stereotypes.