Sugar and Spice, Dolls are Nice, and Pink is for little Girls...
Snails and Frogs, Trucks in Mud Bogs, and Blue is for little Boys...
I grew up learning the certain-colors-are-for-certain-genders thing. Granted, I was never forced to conform to this. As much as I loved playing school teacher, I adored pretending to be a cowboy with my thumb gun or Spider-man shooting webs from my wrists. As much as I loved dressing my Barbie Dolls in foo-foo clothes, I loved my Hotwheels cars and building for hours with Lego blocks.
There likely is some sort of historic reason the pink/blue crap came to be (which I did not care to research for this blog) it boggles me that it is still a 'thing'. But now it's WORSE.
Give me a break that they make Lego sets in 'pink' now...geared for girls! Fairys and flowers for girls... Lego sets for boys, castles and dragons in dark colors (side note, I LOVED my Lego castle when I was a kid, I got it when I was 12, I wanted it SO badly for Christmas, when I was 12. Back when 12 year old kids were still actually kids)
What brought me to this topic is that for my work, I'm often in large chain stores. Recently we took on a project which has me smack dab in the middle of the toy aisle in several of these 'big box' stores. Spending so much time in these stores I noticed a few things that really opened my eyes.
I have heard multiple parents intentionally redirect their children to a different aisle in order to steer t them towards gender specific toys....
A young girl wanted to look at the skateboards, Mom said "skateboards are for boys" and kept walking...
A little boy wanted to get a doll, his Mom said "no this aisle is all pink girl stuff, let's go over to the aisle with toys for boys..." and grabbed his hand taking him to another aisle, though he resisted and really wanted a doll.
A young couple were in the store shopping for a gift for a child, the male was inquiring to the female what he should get the small girl. He was suggesting a doll for the girl, the female suggested some coloring supplies to draw...
Just let kids be kids... Don't direct them towards a certain toy, let them choose!
I found out not too long ago that the "The Wizard of Oz" was based on a mere portion of a series of books authored by L. Frank Baum starting with "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" written in 1900.
I had NO idea that there were multiple books written from different character perspectives!
The version we all know and love is based on book #1. However, as you can see below, there are books written from other perspectives as well!
1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
5. The Road to Oz (1909)
6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
10. Rinktink in Oz (1916)
11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
13. The Magic of Oz (1919)
14. Glinda of Oz (1920)
15. The Royal Book of Oz (1920
It was news to me, it may be news to you too!