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Should children's toys be coded according to gender?

Parents have argued that the strict segregation of children's toys ought to end. For example, many girl's toys are in bright pink packaging and are very stereotypical "feminine" toys which encourage care, nurture and empathy. By contrast, many boy's toys are action-focused, whether it be toy guns or things to build.

Gender roles are often established at a young age. In today's society, should we be encouraging children to play with the toys they want to play with? For example, they might encourage more boys to be nurses and teachers, and more girls to be scientists.

On the other hand, are some toys just naturally better for one gender over another?

Yes

Side Score: 9
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Side Score: 10
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I'm totally fine with having gender neutral toys, however the idea that boys and girls don't gravitate towards different toys naturally is not based in science. There are social elements to toy choice at later ages (source 1), however at pre-socialized stages there are already clear sex differences in toy selection (source 2,3,4,5).

Sources:

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/28/toys-kids-girls-boys-childhood-development-gender-research

(2) https://bsd.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13293-015-0022-1

(3) https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/06/03/infants-show-a-preference-for-toys-that-match-their-gender-before-they-know-what-gender-is/

(4) https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/0354/c852ef242b276b41f00fec3c54e1dd3681ac.pdf

(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19016318

Side: Yes
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Oh, more than that.. They need to be electrified.. If the wrong gender TOUCHES a toy meant for somebody else, it'll ZAP 'em and ZAP 'em hard..

That'll teach 'em.

excon

Side: Yes

I think toys are coded simply because particular toys are generally like by that specific gender... I don't see any law restricting a guy from buying so called "feminine" toys, which was made to "attract" a female crowd.. it's just what they choose to buy...

Side: Yes
catninja(249) Disputed
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I don't see any law restricting a guy from buying so called "feminine" toys, which was made to "attract" a female crowd..

Of course there isn't a law, but a small boy who wants to buy a doll (assuming his mother allows him without ridicule) is likely to get strange looks from others in the shop and a comment like, "Your sister will love this".

Grown adults can handle things like this better (for the most part), but for a small boy, being told that something is "girly" is a reason for them to want to stay away from it. If dolls stopped being seen as exclusively for girls, if there was less pink on them, boys might buy them.

After all, boys do play with dolls. Action Man is a doll, only "action figure" is what it's called to make it sound appealing.

In reality, the only toys that should be gendered are those... of a more biological, adult nature, which are certainly not something any child should be buying!

Side: No
Dermot(5453) Disputed
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A small boy may be told something is "girly " because the item he's holding is possibly a Barbie doll in a wedding dress which is most definitely "girly " no matter what spin is put on it .

To make dolls suitable for male / female children how would you go about that ?

Long hair on the doll might be deemed "girly "

Short hair might be deemed " manly "

Then comes features and clothing that are gender acceptable to both boy and girl .

what next no boys or girls toy section in the toy store ?

In reality toys should be gendered as the majority of children boy and girl are wired diffently and all this nonsense only confuses children trying to make sense of the world .

Side: Yes
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likely to get strange looks from others in the shop and a comment like, "Your sister will love this".

if his mom allows, and it is a kid buying it, I don't think anybody would give him awkward looks, and the kid would just be happy about his new toy.

If he was a teen, then what you say becomes true.

, but for a small boy, being told that something is "girly" is a reason for them to want to stay away from it.

this is a mentality problem of the parents, and yes, that should be changed.

but however, this debate is of the topic

Should children's toys be coded according to gender?

and the answer is yes, what boys like is different from what girls like, in most cases, and hence I don't see any problem with toys specifically made for a gender.

either way, if the parent mentality is free enough, I don't think they would stop kids from buying dolls.

In fact, when we talk about kids, guys often buy dolls and teddy.

In reality, the only toys that should be gendered are those... of a more biological, adult nature, which are certainly not something any child should be buying!

those wouldn't be called "children's toys", as the debate title mentions, I can also make an argument that there are guys who would like to buy women's toys, the one's who aren't straight.

let me ask you this, why can clothes be coded according to gender if toys can't?

just by saying something is for girls, doesn't mean guys don't have access to it, they can buy anything girly, and use it, provided the guy desperately wants it and doesn't care what people think.

so I don't see a reason why coding things based on genders is a problem.

Side: Yes
1 point

The only coding necessary on toys is age safety related, meaning if it has small parts or sharp points which kids below a certain age may get hurt. Otherwise, a toy is a toy is a toy.

Side: No
1 point

No , I listened to a debate on the radio recently about ' gender neutral toys ' and frankly I've not heard such utter nonsense spouted in a long time . Over sensitive parents prattling on about the effect gender specific toys could have on their children , who thinks all this nonsense up ?

Side: No

This is the slippery slope of Leftwing Polticial correctness.

It will never stop, as we have seen with all the LGBTQRTUVWYZABCDEFG indoctrinations, unless we as a nation stop it!

Trump is the first step in taking back our nation from Leftists who are bent on Transfroming America into a Godless political correct think tank where Big brother elites will decide for all people what is good and what is bad for America.

They will funnel all children into political correct public schools, where they can control their little minds to tinnk as one big Collective.

What's so sick is that the people on the Left will deny supporting this slippery slope while they run down to the voting booths to keep electing these Leftwing control freaks.

Side: No