Pink is for Girls and Blue is for Boys Essay

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In connection with this discussion about Barbie creating unrealistic standards for girls and fostering controversial feministic stereotypes, a woman named Blondie Bennett is currently making headlines across the world for famously stating that she would like to be treated like a “plastic sex doll” and will undergo hypnotherapy to become “brainless” like Barbie (Kirkova, 2014). Bennett is an obsessive Barbie fan who has invested thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries to create a more plastic-like image for her body so that she can look more like the doll. In her interviews, she actually prides herself on being forgetful and ditsy. She recalls Barbie as her first play toy as a young girl. Dressed in pink from head-to-toe, Bennett says: …show more content…
Cultural stereotypes impede children from reaching their full potential. It restricts them by setting unreasonable standards about what is socially acceptable for girls and boys. If we indeed live in a progressive, modern world where men and women are equals, how do archaic gender stereotypes continue to live on? We must assume that toys have some role in carrying on these ideas of the past because those are the objects that help children learn about themselves, who they should grow up to be like and how they should view others. In hopes of creating a toy that isn’t meant to teach a girl to sweep a floor, a company called GoldieBlox has put in a considerable effort to develop a board game with strong construction and engineering themes. When the company first started to fundraise for the Princess Machine, they gained huge support from the public and nearly doubled their Kickstarter goal (Griner, 2012). The game combines an element of reading with engineering themes, similar to Lego. The online ad for the game caused quite a buzz online with commenters on YouTube who posted praises to the company for developing a game that encourages young girls to take an interest in engineering. However, although the company has come up with a way to introduce young girls to engineering through a toy, it’s still not gender-neutral. The toy is completely pinkified. Boy’s would not be encouraged to play with this toy because it’s packaged in pink and the

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