Gender specific toy advertising pressures opposing genders to follow a stereotyped life. However, we should be allowing boys and girls to choose their own interests instead of having them criticized for expressing and doing what they want to do. With gender neutrality, no pressure forces children toward stereotypes and they can freely do as they please.
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Right? It’s so stupid. We think that because we have a daughter we need to buy pink, Barbies, Princesses. Or because we have a boy we need to buy blue, Guns, Lego, Science stuff. It’s GARBAGE! We need to change this, Let our children grow up in a world where they can chose what they want to play with.
Children should be able to purchase any toy they wish as it shows their personality and allows them to know what they like and dislike. Children should be able to have the freedom they wish and be able to dream of being whatever they wish. Girls can be in the army, and boys can do ballet. The tables have turned since the 20th century.
In today's society, gender is more than just boys and girls. By advertising toys for only either girls or boys we force them to belong in one specific category. We divide our society and the people living in it into two groups. But there are so many more groups than only those two. Every person is an individual and they should be able to decide who they want to be, no matter the standards society sets.
Children should not be made to feel like they are restricted to play with certain toys and not be able to explore features which another gender can.
For example, a boy should be allowed to play with a barbie doll and brush its hair and a girl should be able to play with a race car and push it around.
I love Star Wars, and growing up I really loved playing with the figures and having lightsaber fights, but I actually got bullied for it and now in my teens I have self-essteam issues. I don't want kids to suffer by wanting to play with opposite gender toys. There is no problem with that. When I was younger a friend of mine, who was a boy, came over and we started to play with my barbies. Later on, he went and told his mum that for christmas, he wanted a barbie. What's wrong with that? Absouloutly nothing! So gender stereotypical toy ads do not help the cause of gender equality!
Marketing plants a poisonous seed in children's brain that they have to grow and be something "macho" (for men) and "domestic" (for women). Marketing is spreading negative gender stereotypes. We have moved back since the 70's with gender specific marketing IN A PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY. It is time we tackle the source of the problem
BAN GENDER SPECIFIC TOY ADVERTISING!!!!
Gender specific toys teach children from a young age what they should and shouldn't do without children realising it. Girls flock to the doll houses and makeup because that's where they're told to go. They believe that's where they should go. Not necessarily because they want to, but because society tells them to. Same with boys; they feel obliged to go to the soldiers and science kits advertised to them. Then when they grow up, because they've been conditioned to, they follow similar roles.
It's like pushing someone into a box and then saying that they were naturally attracted to being in the box.
I'm not saying we should switch gender roles or combine the two by making a dress up transformer or a barbie with guns. But in stores, set toys out by theme rather than gender. Yes, put all the guns and transformers in one section, but don't put a "boys only" sign above it. Advertise girls playing with the toys so they feel comfortable. Same goes for baby dolls for example. Advertise dolls that call children "daddy" or male doll houses.
Gender discrimination is as much a problem as racism in today's world. By not banning gender specific advertising we are not only neglecting this topic but adding fuel to the fire. These ads have made society create norms that boys should play with trucks and girls should play with dolls. If anyone acts outside of these stereotypes they are discriminated from others. Don't we want society to move ahead?
The question of gender identity is one that is quite unimportant and should not be a serious social issue. Men and women were created different and each has their own role to play in society. Men can never be women or vice versa. That's the reality. Diversity is good and without it, We as humans will become extinct.
I think gender neutrality is a choice, Such as creating gender roles, Which is a reasonable way to think. We shouldn't force speech on anyone and as such, They should choose their what to speak and what to hear. TLDR; let people be themselves and let them choose their toys.
If most adult ads target one specific type of gender example like cleaning supplies which most women would buy and most of the time car ads are run by males, So if there is no problems with adult ads targeting one gender then why is it a problem for children and toys. I just dosn't make sense.
I'll admit, the banning on gender-specific advertising create some sort of gender equality between children, teaching them to be accepting of other gender from an early age. The problem is, it's already been drilled into boy's heads that 'playing with barbies makes you gay', and the same for girls and Nerf guns/race cars.
If gender specific advertising hadn't already been a thing for so long, then there would be no issue. However, because we've been telling children who they can/can't be for so long, it's too late to tell them otherwise. No young boy wants to have to be the first one to go buy a barbie doll.
There's this little thing called freedom of speech that was part of what this country was founded on. Of course we can't ban any specific kind of advertising! Besides, there isn't really anything wrong with it. If a boy wants to play with Barbie dolls they are going to whether gender specific advertising exists or not.
Let's get a grip people boys will be boys and girls will be girls. Not in any stereotypical way either, but in the natural senses of what makes a girl a girl and a boy a boy .
If we banned it, (which by law we cannot) then we would have some cross between soldier and princess. And it lets children feel independence for their gender as well, to take that away would be like taking candy from an infant baby. There is no proven negative impact on children as it is, so why would you do this. It is a bad idea that would waste a lot of time and money.
If we were to ban gender-based toys, what would change? There is no proven negative impact on children as it is, so why would you do this. It is a bad idea that would waste a lot of time and money. They opposition needs to think about this a bit more.
Some children like the toys they play with because of the colors, but some like their toys because they are toys and they want something to play with.
The reason I think we should not ban gender specific toy advertising is because if you ban gender specific toys, you would have to remove the colors and all the things that make things gender specific. No one would like toys that don't really have colors do they?
For a modern society where it is socially acceptable for girls to work, men to stay at home, gay marriag etc do we really need to worry about this? All of these have happened regardless of toys! As a child I had barbies and loved to play shops, but I also loved to play Lego and climb. I'm a girl I went on to be a nurse. My niece is surrounded by too many toys, I think children are spoilt with too many toys, she seems to naturally be quite girlie. She loves dancing, pretty pink stuff. Like most toddlers she loves peppa pig and splashing in puddles but loves colouring with black! The main issue I have with blue and pink is with the toy maker as it's an absolute money spinner for them, and a parent's plastic toy hell! There's far better and bigger things to worry about in this world than this. A teenager stabbing a teacher, teenage mental health issues and war.
Firstly, let’s look at this practically, if we were to ban the advertising of gender specific toys. What would companies advertise, this would force them to make some sort of cross between Barbie and a soldier. Which would not be very enticing to watch. Also gender specific advertising assists in kids feeling individual. If everybody brought the same toy to school, that would be no fun. Think about when you were a kid, and you saw that one advertisement for a toy. You just wanted it, imagine these kids if gender specific advertisements were banned. You might aswell put a dress and tiara on a toy soldier.
Secondly, (take a pause for emphasis) there just kids, at the end of the day, no matter how well advertised anything is. Kids will pick the toy that they want. Some girls like to play with cars and soldiers and some boys like to play with dolls, so there really is no reason to ban advertisements. If you’re thinking that, “so if there is no point to them why don’t we just get rid of them” well, the companies still make decent revenue off of advertising and even parents looking for toys to buy their kids. It’s really just a win, win situation.