Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys?

Hmmmm…… Where to start, where to start. I mean gender defining toys, pink and blue, cars and dolls, it’s the way its always been hasn’t it. Little girls have always played with dolls and little boys well it’s always been cars or trains or something similar hasn’t it. Does that mean we just accept it? This is the way it is so just get on with it?

I don’t know you know, honestly! I wanted to write this post as I have seen and read a lot lately about so called ‘gender defining toys and colours’ because personally I don’t see an issue with it! Wait, what?!?! That got your attention didn’t it but before you get ready to leave me a whopping long comment about gender equality and so on let me explain………

Do I agree with pink for girls and blue for boys?

Well, I like pink and yes, I do associate it with girls and girly things but would I not give a little boy anything to play with/wear because it was pink? No not really. My baby nephew has many pink things mainly due to him being the only boy and the youngest but do I think it will affect his ‘masculinity’ or change him as a result no not at all. Would I refuse to buy him something because it was pink and aimed at girls? No I wouldn’t the same way I would get something blue for my daughter or nieces if it was something they wanted or was only available in those colours. Colours do not make the child the parent does.

Would I buy my daughter toys aimed at boys and vice versa?

Yes of course. She has actually asked for a Transformer toy for Christmas and I will probably get her one. My daughter enjoys playing with dolls and I have no issue with that at all nor would I if her chosen toys were anything else she likes what she likes and I buy her what she likes, like the blue transformer kinder egg as oppose to the pink barbie one.

Could companies do more to make toys all gender neutral?

Here I am going to say yes. At the end of the day toys are toys and shouldn’t be aimed at either boys or girls but I also think that parents shouldn’t be biased against this either. So what if your baby boy wants to play with a doll or you little girl is obsessed with cars. Who cares if their favourite colour is pink, blue, red, black after all the toy or the colour of said toy isn’t really going to affect them is it.

What is my opinion then?

I suppose what I am getting at is that it really doesn’t matter what colour they toy is or exactly who the toy is aimed at because the people buying it are the ones making the choices. They will choose whether or not they will buy the product based on their own thoughts and feelings. If they don’t want to buy something for their child based on the colour then they are the ones enforcing the gender divide. Yes, colours could be more neutral and toys aimed at both sexes not just one but for me it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter to me because regardless of how it is packaged and marketed if my daughter wants it and I feel it is appropriate I will buy it for her. The same way that I will buy pink clothes if I like the look of them and or accessories/decorations (yes her room is pink because pink and purple are her favourite colours but her first choice was black thanks monster high!)

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Let the argueing  discussion commence…………

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  1. I completely 100% agree that toys are toys for girls or boys, regardless of colour. I saw a picture in the news this morning of a girl in Tesco looking furious that there was a sign saying Toys for Boys but it had her fave stuff in that section! Fab post Tracey 🙂
    #babybabble

    (Sorry I missed a week… had a frustrating time with Finley recently and couldn't bear to write about it last week with the way I was feeling!!) Live again this evening though dude, hope you can make it this week if you've anything baby/pregnancy/toddler/parent issues related again! xx

  2. Hate how gender specific toys and clothes are, I'm all about vibrant, bold clothes for my kids and my sons love Barbie Dream House as much as Thomas and have little ponies along with train sets. They both adore Frozen too. I think it's about being open and letting kids explore and learn and enjoy their lives. Great post! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  3. Yes I too have been reading a lot on this subject. I think toy companies could do better in offering things like dolhouses in blues and greens or strollers in blues and greens or cars and trains in purple and pink. If you make a toy in one color why not make them in all colors then its all balanced on either end and its up the children to decide. But ultimately you are right its the parents that make that choice. Thanks for linking up to Share WIth Me #sharewithme

  4. Myself & the other half recently had an experience of him saying 'its stupid how the toy kitchen and cleaning set is pink and aimed at girls'. Although I would have no problem in a pink kitchen for Aidan I think his dad will make it his business to find a different colour. It's usually the parents that force the gender roles, maybe unintentionally. xx

  5. I completely agree with you. Toys are quite simply an aid for imagination, fun and development… it doesn't matter about the colour. Children (and their parents) do not need to worry about such insignificant things xxx