I saw this video and I had to write about it. This bothers me a lot! I get sick of hearing people say "that's only for boys/ girls, or "boys shouldn't wear pink!"
For me, it's hypocritical. I have heard many parents say to their sons they can not play with dolls or wear a pink shirt. But rarely do I hear those same parents say their daughters are not allowed to play with cars or wear a blue shirt. When I was little girl, my dad would try to discourage my brother from playing house with me, but he never once discouraged me from playing with my brother's Hot Wheels. In fact, I collect them now and my dad has not acted like it was not okay for him at all. I know that if my brother started collecting antique dolls, my dad would have a COW!
My favorite shirts have almost always been blue. In fact, that was my favorite color for more than ten years. When my brother was little, his favorite color was pink. When my dad found out about this, he was angry and told my brother pink was a girl color. For years after that, his new favorite color was red (which is as close to pink as possible without actually being pink).
My dad is not a horrible person or anything, I am just using things that happened in my family to illustrate a point. Toys are toys. They all have specific purposes and boys should play with whatever toys they want and so should girls. Boys should wear pink and girls should wear blue. We all want to be seen as equals, but separating 'boy toys' from 'girl toys,' or 'boy clothes' from 'girl clothes' is not helping us all think of each other as equals. If you insist that your boys do not wear pink or play with 'girl toys,' you should also insist your daughters do not wear blue or play with 'boy toys.' Because, really, what is this telling your sons and daughters?
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.