I am one of those very lucky people who lives within a stone’s throw of a bright, beautiful McDonald’s. I go there a lot.
Today I was waiting for my Big Mac when this fat middle aged woman was standing at the counter with her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. She was helping them decide what happy meal toys to get.
For some reason the toys are grouped to be gender-specific girl or boy toys. The girl toy was a pink princess tiara and the boy toy was a strapping 21 year old swimmer… or some silly truck – I forget which.
Anyways, the grandma asked the girl if she’d rather have a boy’s toy but didn’t offer the girl’s toy to the little boy.
Firstly, why the hell are toys grouped by gender?
Seconldy, why is it so offensive for a boy to play with a girl’s toy but not the other way around? That just reinforces the idea that women are inferior to men.