Gender Stereotypes Among Children's Toys Â Â Â Â Â When you walk into the toy section of any store, you do not need a sign to indicate which section is the girlsâ€™ side and which section is the boysâ€™ side. Aside from all the pink, purple, and other pastel colors that fill the shelves on the girlsâ€™ side, the glitter sticks out a lot as well. The boysâ€™ toys however are mostly dark colors â€“ blue, black, red, gray, or dark green. The colors typically used on either side are very stereotypical in themselves. Â Â Â Â Â I noticed the girlsâ€™ toys engaged fine motor skills more than the boysâ€™ toys did. The girls have several different types and sizes of dolls to choose from â€“ however, this also makes dolls or items used with dolls (Barbie clothes, doll clothes, doll houses, Barbie cars, and doll furniture) over half of all the products in the girlsâ€™ section. This shows the stereotypical attitude that all girls like to nurture and will someday be expected to be mothers and the primary care giver for their children. Other toys I noticed that were very stereotypical were the child size vacuum, broom, and kitchen set. Even at this young age we teach girls it is part of their role to cook and clean. Â Â Â Â Â Another stereotype I saw demonstrated in the girls section was the idea that all girls are animal lovers. A large section of the girlsâ€™ side was filled with different stuffed animals or other toy animals like â€œPound Puppiesâ€ or â€œMy Little Poniesâ€. Mostly the girlsâ€™ toys used fine motor sk...
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