There’s a difference between “being polite,” and “behaving like a lady.” And no matter how well-intentioned it might be, I would not respond well to someone suggesting that my daughter, “act like a lady.” And I don’t think young boys should be admonished to behave like “gentlemen.” More
Topic: gender neutral
The holiday season has every parent considering the best toys to give their good little boys and girls. Lately, we’ve thought a lot about toys that look like weapons, and whether they’re the right choice for our kids. But no toy discussion is complete without a mention of gender balance. And in the increasingly gendered world of children’s toys, my family’s solution is simply to provide a wide range of girls’ and boys’ toys, then let my daughter choose what to play with. More
Pink and purple are girl colors. They are the colors used in Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven, because girls are all about the sexy colors. They are the colors of sexy girls and sexy little girl appliances for baking sexy tiny cakes and cookies and possibly even sexy brownies. More
Who remembers the really awesome guessing game, “Guess Who?” And who remembers never wanting to be one of the female characters because there were only 5 of them and you were guaranteed to lose? I most definitely do! More
When Fujitsu talked about hiring a special team of female engineers to design the computer I got excited. Perhaps they would be among the role models our daughters are looking for in the science and engineering worlds. Perhaps they would build a laptop that addressed our genetically smaller hands or something lightweight for me to add to my already overweight diaper bag. No, it’s just pink. More
In case you couldn’t tell last week, I’ve been a little bit excited about the launch of a new toy line called Goldie Blox. It’s an engineering toy designed specifically to appeal to girls, and it should be shipping to my house right around my daughter’s fifth birthday in February. I think it’s fate that the toy is targeted for girls ages five – nine.
This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to chat with the founder and CEO of Goldie Blox, Debbie Sterling, about whether or not she designed her product for my daughter personally. More
LEGO is boasting terrific profits, largely because of the success of LEGO Friends. And while feminist mothers hate them, my daughter loves the damn things. More
I remember when Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born in 2006, thinking that she would lead the most charmed life of all celebrity children, and maybe even within her own family. Not that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would ever differentiate between their biological and adopted children! But at the same time, she was born of these two beautiful people and their exciting (if sordid) love affair. I couldnâ€™t imagine how her life would ever be difficult. More
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It’s the literary equivalent to LEGO Friends. This girly guide just doesn’t cut it. More
Forget the tutus and tiaras, Disney is introducing a new children’s program that focuses on a little girl with a magic stethoscope. Call me easily excited, but it’s a progressive step for the company that patented the “damsel in distress” image. More
Gender-neutral — or gender-permissive — parenting is a controversial topic in modern parenting circles. Many parents may not be all about stocking their little boy’s closet full of skirts or dressing their girl up like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, but if we’re really going to be truthful toÂ definitionsÂ on this hotly debated parenting trend — many of us our guilty. And helping your daughter win a math prize or compete in a sports tournament are hardly grounds to deduct parental points. More
If you ever want to induce eye-rolling among contemporary parents, just throw out the term “gender neutral parenting.” It seems that for every mother in the press who chooses to debut the sex of her child five years down the line, comment threads across the parenting blogosphere brim with terms like “social experiment” and “loony.” But whether we’re talking about filling a house full of fire trucks and Barbie dolls or lining your son’s closet with a bunch of ballerina tutus, the topic of going gender neutral divides even the most self-identified progressive of parents.
“Gender-neutral parenting” is a vast terrain however, which encompasses an array of parenting tactics with the hopes of disseminating gender stereotypes in the home. Child therapist Brenna Hicks tells me that it is a relative term which can cover everything from letting your son pick out a “girls” shirt in a department store to encouraging math puzzles in your toddler daughter. More