gender toys

Topics: Gender, Gender role, Play Pages: 2 (477 words) Published: April 6, 2014

Did you ever wonder why pink represents girls, and blue represents boys? What if blue represented girls, and pink represented boys? It would be a difficult idea to grasp wouldn’t it? I recently visited Toys-R-us in the city, and the use of gender codes is everywhere. From the moment you walk in you have one half of the store dedicated to “girl toys” and the other half dedicated to “boys toys.” The pink, blue, yellow, purple, and green are overwhelming once you start walking through the aisle. The boys section of Toys-R-us was mostly in different shades of blue, green, brown and black. Most of the toys are gender toys, all types of sport balls, mini cars, wrestling figures, and toy guns. It was interesting to see that the gender toys where placed on the bottom shelves, like the big toy cars, basketball hoops, helicopters, and chemistry sets .The non gender code toys where placed up high like the puzzles, books, and Legos. Almost forcing the kids attention to look, play and want take home the gender code toys. This is once of the ways kids learn habits that go with there genders. Gender code toys play a huge role in teaching boys to be violent and competitive at a young age. Violence is taught to kids through the toy guns. During my visit I noticed one kid was playing with a toy gun in the aisle, he was telling his sister that he cant wait to take the gun home and shoot everyone that walks by his house. After playing with the gun for a hour it was time for them to go the kid refused to leave the gun alone. Crying and screaming that he has to have the toy gun. Eventually his mom walked away, when his mom was standing on the line to check out he chased her and was pretending to shoot her. The little boy was saying “ She better get me this gun or I am going to kill her” Toy guns are teaching boys to be violent at a young age. In the book Signs of Life in the USA there is a article by Aaron Devor “Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudes” and Devor refers to...
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