Gender Politics and Toys

The below editorial post was written by Laurie Duron, blogger of Raising My Rainbow, which chronicles Duron’s journey as she raises a “boy who likes girl stuff.” While the editorial was written for Christmas, the message within it is relevant for any gift-buying/-giving occasion:

We make a point to tell little girls that they can be anything they want to be: doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, president. But we shy away from giving little boys the same courtesy of unlimited potential. How often do we tell boys that they would make a wonderful primary caregiver parent, elementary school teacher, hairstylist, fashion designer, dancer, nurse, spouse of the president?

I wish we lived in that kind of world. I think we are moving in the right direction; I just wish we were moving a little faster.

I sat down at my computer to order Julie the American Girl. I entered my order, my shipping information, my billing information — and then American Girl asked me about the girl for whom I was buying the doll. They wanted to know my daughter’s birthday. I don’t have a daughter. I have a son; a son who wants Julie for Christmas and who wants to see a boy playing with a doll in a catalog. Those are the two things that he wants most for Christmas. I can only give him one, and dream that maybe next year his second wish will come true.

Read the full editorial

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Meet Rainbow Mom Lori Duron, Mother of Gender Non-Conforming Child

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Why It Gets Better: Dads Standing Up For Their Kids

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