Your Feminist Wallet
The same issue arises any time there is gift giving event: gender stereotypes reek from presents for young kids.
While I realize there a million websites out there, I took the most popular site I could find when I googled, "Top gifts for boys," and "Top gifts for girls." Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, there are no relevent hits for "gifts for transgendered youth," or similar phrase when trying to buy either one of two things: 1) a non-gender biased gift for youth (someone you don't know personally and want to give in a blind gift exchange) or 2) a non-gender biased gift for a transgendered youth.
For girls, some of the top ten included pink items that promote cooking (a nice toy kitchen), jewelry to adorn themselves, a text sender, and even a clickable magic jewelry box to hold all of her precious e-gems.
For boys,we have robots, martian makers, and the Nintendo Wii. All in nice rustic colors, too.
Now, there's nothing wrong with kids enjoying their toys, but after extensive online (and window) shopping, I can't help but wonder about the "normal" gifts we give that solidify the pink girl and blue boy. What are the alternatives? Any suggestions for a feminist shopper who wants to disengage from mainstream gift giving and find gifts for children that do not reinforce any color coding and just appeal to the wonderful imagination and wild energy of all children?
And if you feel like scaring yourself, as I just did, take a look at these numbers that show how much money is spent on marketing toys (from McDonald's to Disney) to children which, undoubtedly, affects their perspective on gender and development.
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