Is it just me or have things become even more pink and blue when it comes to shopping for kids?
I never really thought about it as a child, and maybe it wasn’t so prominent back then. But as a mother, I can’t help but notice and be annoyed by the fact that when you’re shopping for your daughter, whether it’s bedding, luggage, party favors or water bottles, the choices seem to be limited to princesses, fairies, Barbies, Monster High and Hello Kitty. And the color theme usually involves pink or purple.
And it’s no better for boys. The options are usually action hero’s, Cars, Transformers and Angry Birds in a dark color theme.
And maybe I’m blowing things out of proportion but I started feeling like this recently when I began a search for a birthday present for my daughter and little loot bag items and party favors for my son and daughter’s joint birthday party.
Every store that I looked at perpetuated the stark boy/girl themes. I had to search long and hard to find neutral, non-movie related items. I was eventually successful but at the cost of time and a much higher price point.
I think the underlying problem, the real reason this bothers me so much, is in this day and age where women are supposed to be equal and forward thinking why do we give little girls the options of fairies and princesses who rely on princes to save them and give them their happily ever after.
I’m pretty sure, our little girl’s can be superhero’s, save the princes and make their own happy endings.
What do you think?