Moonbats have come up with a new cause. They believe that our hyper-gendered toys stunt intellectual growth and lead to bullying and domestic violence. Ads are gender-coded and youth are vulnerable to them, “experts” say.
“At no point during the 20th century did toy marketing resemble what it’s become today,” said Elizabeth Sweet, a doctoral candidate who studies gender and toys at the University of California, Davis.
“What we see happening is way more extreme than even periods in our history when gender inequality was at its greatest levels,” Sweet said.
She obviously has no clue about the 50’s and 60’s.
Sweet presented examples. Mattel put out a book they later pulled back titled “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. It showed Barbie needing help from – perish the thought – BOYS – while developing software. She was also dressed in pink!
Mattel had to apologize because moonbats demand apologies for everything that is not PC.
Mattel said in a statement, “The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for. We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits.”
What if they are 4’10” and are mentally feeble?
The unwritten rules governing the traditional activities of men and women are sharply but subtly defined. Women’s work has traditionally been repetitive and ongoing, and its end result short-lived and impermanent. In contrast, the activities of men are traditionally long-lived, durable, or permanent. This is according to moonbats, not the Sentinel.
Toys are more gendered than ever, experts [moonbats] say, and a lack of media literacy training is leaving American youth vulnerable to gender-coded ads that segregate play, stunt intellectual growth and encourage sexist stereotypes that lead to bullying.
The scientific data shows that, at most, there are only slight biological differences that are amplified by cultural forces, Sweet said.
All this can even lead to suicide.
Gender norms also affect boys, who can become targets for bullying by crossing into the pink aisle for toys. One 11-year-old boy, Michael Morones, attempted suicide this year after being the target of homophobic slurs for enjoying toys deemed too feminine for boy.
“I am so tired of people at school calling me gay because I like My Little Pony,” Michael told his mother the day he tried to hang himself, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
Somehow I doubt the toy caused this.
Gendered toys can lead to violence they claim.
For boys, toys and their advertising can also contribute to unrealistic body images as well as celebrate violence. Many figurines designed for boys have impossibly bulging muscles. Similar to the way Barbie has become thinner and bustier over the years, G.I. Joe figures have become more muscled, according to Harrison G. Pope Jr., a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Plus, action figures—and the advertising of them—effectively equate muscles with heroic masculinity, say experts. In “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity,” Jackson Katz, founder of the education program Mentors in Violence Prevention, argues that advertising often explicitly ties muscles to violent power, glamorizing the use of physical violence to achieve and assert “manhood.”
“Ultimately, parents need to help their kids decode messages that are on toy packaging and advertising. That involves constantly having a conversation about the deeper messages behind ads,” Sweet said.
The author of “Redefining Girly” said media messaging is a “national children’s health issue.” She said, “Kids are naturally curious about the world and see it as a magical place. To take half of that away because of their gender is a really tragic thing.”
Tony Abbot, Prime Minister of Australia, is in trouble for refusing to join a campaign against gendered toys.
Shockingly, he said he wants “boys to be boys and girls to be girls”. How can he ever be forgiven for that?!? (sarcasm)
Last Tuesday he told an Australian TV interviewer that “I certainly don’t believe in that kind of political correctness. Let boys be boys, let girls be girls – that’s always been my philosophy,” he said.
“Above all else, let parents do what they think is in the best interests of their children.”
A Greens party senator Larissa Waters launched an awareness campaign called No Gender December about the consequences of gender stereotypes in toys in the lead-up to Christmas. She thinks the toys lead to gender pay gaps and domestic violence.
Liberal Cory Bernardi said the campaign harked back to the gender wars of the 1970s.
“Frankly, I think [Waters has] consumed too much Christmas eggnog to come up with an idea like this,” Bernardi said.
“To say you’re giving a boy a truck or a hammer is somehow leading to domestic violence and gender pay gaps is simply bizarre,” he said.