Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The wrongness of pink for girls and blue for boys

TOY beauty and medical kits stocked by Target have been branded as ‘sexist crap’ by outraged online commentators.

Pictures of the blue and pink toys sparked a heated social media debate — with critics saying the toys reinforce gender stereotypes at a very young age.

The $12 Young Ones My First Carry Along Medical Centre and Beauty Studio are advertised online as being everything a little doctor or beautician needs.

However, concerned tweeters said the pink and blue colours specifically market the medical kit to boys and the beauty kit to girls.

“Make sure those girls know their place in the world asap heh @Targetaus?” asked one commenter. “What an absolute crock!”

Broadcaster Tracey Spicer, said: “WTF ...? Come on @Targetaus you can do better than stocking this sexist crap.”

Target did not respond to a request for comment from news.com.au, however the retailer did respond to individual tweets from concerned tweeters.

“We want to assure our customers that we absolutely agree that children of any gender can enjoy whatever toy they like!,” a response from Target’s Twitter account read.



Bird of Paradise said...

As far as i can remember its always been Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls who is behind this P.C. poppycock nonsense anyway?

Anonymous said...

I thought with the new "fluid Gender" crap, boys are allowed to like pink and girls are allowed to like blue. Anyone who is calling this sexist because, blue is for boys and pink is for girls is the sexist.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:51 - You got it, but it's never really been about sexism anyway, it's only an excuse for the easily triggered to be triggered. I suspect they get an adrenaline high or the like out of their outrage so they are always looking for their next high like junkies.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

How many remember getting those toy doctors kits with the hypodemic needle full of little candies?

Anonymous said...

Since nothing on the product or store advertising says anything about which item is for boys or girls, this outrage says more about the commentators' prejudices than anything else.

Anonymous said...

Maybe deep down they are not concerned about whether boys or girls buy it. Maybe they are concerned about the insinuation that people who prefer pink to blue might prefer beauty to being a doctor.