It’s no secret that most things we come across are gendered – pink for girls, blue for boys, ballet shoes for girls, soccer boots for boys, pretty dolls for girls, monster trucks for boys.
It’s also no secret that little kids couldn’t care less about your gender stereotypes. In fact, when I went shopping with a four year old, she told me the Barbie’s looked ugly and decided she wanted a toy dragon instead.
The world is starting to listen more to these kinds of kids.
Take, for example, Target. They made the decision recently to no longer gender signs. This is fantastic news! While admittedly the development isn’t fast enough, I think it’s important to acknowledge that there has been development in the area surrounding gender stereotypes and this is clear proof.
Some people have been understandingly excited about the good news:
Which meant I was even more upset about the uproar many people caused, with most of them deciding not to shop there.
Most people believe it will make it harder for them to shop at Target because they are no longer able to find girls toys and boys toys, girls bedding and boys bedding.
Read the articles. Seriously. They’re not throwing away signage all together – they’re just removing the parts that say “girls” or “boys”. It’s not that hard to understand. And if you’re going to stop shopping there, fine. But I don’t want to hear you whining about it on social media.
There are also a lot of people who think that Target is being too sensitive and pandering to a minority of people.
To them – you are the minority.
And that’s all I have to say on the matter.
(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)