Tuesday, 2 July 2013

In the Sea of Pink

A pink kitchen, a pink pushchair, a dolly with pink booties and a purple anorak face me from their place on the shelf.Turning to my right, directly opposite this sea of pink are army toys, big cars with shiny wheels and remotes.There are footballs too. Proper footballs. They have them over there too but they are soft with a Hello Kitty picture on.

A woman walks down the aisle where I've seemingly become rooted to the spot. She, like me is with her son. A boy who likes cars and kicking balls but has 'loads of them at home.' A boy who also happens to like dolls and dressing up and plastic kitchens too. 'No Darling,' his Mother says 'those are girls toys. You're not a girl are you?'

I'm not sure where to look. I take another glance left to right, watch my boy picking up toys and take his hand. We pick up a dolly, we pick up a pink pushchair. He runs happily down the aisles and I pay for his treats.

'For your sister are they?' Asks the squeaky voiced cashier.
'No,' I smile politely and walk away.

Screw society and their stereotyping, brain washing gender ideas. My son likes his dolly. And I think that's ace.



This post was written for a new blog I've found, BabyBaby. I'm loving the idea of the writing prompts. I've wanted to blog something like this for a while so thank you Sandy!

CupcakeMumma

Baby Baby

16 comments:

  1. Great post. I would never stop my child from choosing any toy, but mine are like magpies and tuned into pink :)

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    1. My daughter is firmly into pink but just like you it wouldn't bother me if she wanted something else. Son however just wants whatever he can get his hands on!

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  2. You're so right its not fair but you know you're doing the right thing by giving your boy what he wants because he enjoys it! Go you!
    You might like this - why pink as a colour doesnt exist! http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/07/minute-physics-pink-minus-green/?utm_content=buffer23b38&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

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    1. Thanks Stephanie :) Shall check the link out, sounds interesting!

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  3. Good for you! I bought my son both a kitchen and a doll back in his day and he's now 25 with a son of his own and it never stopped him loving Turtle Ninjas either or being a boy

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    1. Just goes to show that most of the time they just don't care :-) Thanks for your comment!!

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  4. Hear hear. My sons have pink pushchairs. I don't understand why people make such a fuss about boys not playing with pink toys. Toys should be toys. My boys are both at school now and just starting to make comments like 'Peppa Pig is for girls'. I don't think they'll be pushing pink pushchairs for much longer.
    Thank you so much for taking part in Write On. New prompts will be up tomorrow :)

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    1. Couldn't agree more Sandy :) thanks for the prompt, wouldn't have written it else! Looking forward to this weeks prompts x

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  5. Love!
    Your son and his dolly are fantastic. My eldest son also plays with the dolls and wears pink headbands (and dresses if his dad isn't about). He just wants to be like his sister. Colour and associated gender mean nothing to him.

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    1. I agree they don't think twice when they're younger do they? He loves his doll! Love that your son wants to be like his sister how sweet!!

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