We’ve posted before on the way that kids’ products, and the way they are marketed, often reinforces an active boys/passive-and-pretty girls binary. Rebecca Hains noticed that the Stride Rite store near her, as well as the Stride Right website, does so. For instance, girls can “sparkle” and “shine”:
The descriptions for girls’ sneakers on the website emphasize how they’ll help girls shine:
Boys are encouraged to identify with superheroes:
The descriptions for the boys’ shoes emphasize action and speed, as well as their ability to protect the feet of adventurous boys:
More examples of Stride Right marketing at Rebecca Hains’s blog.
Erica B.-K. found these onesies which, though sold by a site called uncommongoods, reflect rather common gendering:
Hiroshi H. noticed that the website for Specialized Bicycle Components divides bikes into ones for boys and girls, though the only noticeable difference was color:
And finally, Anne R. noticed that there’s a Tinker Toy set that, because it is pink and purple, is thus “designed especially for girls”:
As someone who loved Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs as a kid, I’m all for encouraging as many kids as possible to play with them, yet saddened if we are at a point where parents and/or children cannot imagine Tinker Toys could be for girls unless the package screams it at them. But I would kinda like to build that flamingo.