• Gender specific toy advertising limits prospects

    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.

  • Gender-specific toys define children's job choices when they grow up.

    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 a problem

    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?

  • We should ban gender-specific toy advertising.

    Kids shouldn't be told what to believe in, religion is an exception but children are allowed to have their own personality - if that be a boy likes playing with dolls or a girl likes playing with toy soldiers, in our society, we would discriminate them and tell them that that us wring.

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  • It is stupid

    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.

  • Limits imagination and freedom

    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.

  • We are not just boys and girls anymore.

    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 need to be who they really are.

    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.

  • Problems with self-esstem

    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!

  • Really? Really?! Are you serious!?

    Come on now! Let's get a grip people men will be men and women will be women. Not in any stereotypical way either, but in the natural senses of what makes a woman a woman and a man a man. Anything other than that is completely wrong. Though this is my opinion.

  • What would we have?

    If we banned it, (which by law we cannot) then we would have some cross between soldier and princess, that would suck to watch.
    And it let's children feel independence for their gender as well, to take that away would be like taking candy from an infant baby. . .

  • Why does it have too change?

    Advertisement has to be specific about their target audience to cash in money. If you want to sell a female hair care product and you don't make it specific. Well, it's not going to sell.

    In this case, boys naturally prefer rough stuff. Feminine males are a minority. If they didn't make it seem attractive to non feminine males. They are not going to buy it. It is all about business. Business is always about raking the most amount of profits. If all males were feminine , then it would just stupid to advertise non feminine toys to them. Since they won't prefer it.

    Saying that children shouldn't receive pressure is the parents' responsibility. However to say pressure free. Hell no, children have no clue what they want. Even if you go to a doctor specialised in sex change, they do not conduct sex change operations/ treatments for children. Simply because children don't know what they want.

    Children are like sponges and absorb and regurgitate what they observe around them not knowing what is right or wrong till they mature. Hell in animals, you can easily see males even humping other males and it is not because they prefer males. Simply they don't understand reproduction. They go by urge and observation.

    Criticism is a must in life. Do what ever you want is a stupid outlook in life. Life is all about survival of the fittest. Those who fit in the best with the system in nature and man made society will function the best.

    Everyone should feel that pressure to fit. There is difference between fitting in and nullification of creativity.

    Is like saying you do not want to follow the monetary system and everyone else is at wrong for calling stupid. You undoubtedly as a masculine male have an advantage over feminine males in society. That's how society is now. Till society changes. Fitting in will help you the most.

    It's fine to have differing views but the world does not run in such a way. It's about the majority. As it is them who make economy tick.

    I personally don't believe that gender is by birth. I believe is about influence from young. Raise up a kid, telling the world revolved around them They will stick to that character very well into their adulthood and struggle to fit in society. Even with help it will be of shock to them, when they are required to change. As it's parted deeply in their system.

    I feel gender equality/identity rather is a moral issue than a biological one. I believe there is a choice or influence at work. That being even if they are not born this way, does that mean they should suffer. That should be the argument.

    This is a resource I think justifies my believe that gender is by influence more so than genetic. Genetics at best is just one among many that build up to it but alone don't result in differing gender identity.


  • It is not logical

    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.

  • Why should we do that?

    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.

  • Why? Just Why

    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.

  • Too late for change

    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.

  • Whether you think gender specific advertising is ok or not, we can't ban it.

    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.

  • Why would you ban it ??

    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.

  • I don't get what it would do!

    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.

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kbub says2014-02-20T13:09:00.923
Should we ban it? No. Should we have it? No.

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