Why Gender-Specific Toys Should Be Banned

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Imagine this, you’re a young child in your favorite toy store. You see a toy on the shelf that you think you will enjoy, but it says “for girls” or “for boys”. “That toy is not for you, let’s go to the section for your gender,” your parent says. Is this okay? Can this affect a child in the future? I strongly believe that gender-specific toys should be banned from being advertised and sold. I strongly believe that toys should stop being labeled as “for boys” or “for girls” because it can influence children to believe they can’t do something that only the opposite children can do, children should have a wide range of play to develop different skills, and this can impact kids to think that they can only like things labeled for their gender. Gender-specific toys should be banned from being advertised and sold. The first reason why gender-specific toys should be banned is that it can influence children to believe that they cannot do something and that the opposite gender are the only ones able to do that. For instance, you see a “pretend doctor kit for boys”.…show more content…
If stores market toys for a specific gender they will prevent children from having this. 6th grader at Plainview Old Bethpage middle school Carly Barca says that “when kids see a toy they want but it’s labeled for just a girl or for just a boy it can make them feel down because if they want a toy and it’s labeled for a specific gender it can make them think that they cannot do what they want and they have to follow the “tradition” of what is considered for boys or for girls”. When toys are marketed for a specific gender they suggest what children should like to do and who they should aspire to be before they’ve had an opportunity to figure that out on their own. Children’s view of the world can be shaped based on what they do and what they play
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