Monday, 17 December 2012

"Boys'" Toys and "Girls'" Toys - What Do You Think?

Hello boys and girls,

  Because we are now in the thick of the holiday season, advertisements for toys are EVERYWHERE! I am sure you have noticed! Maybe you've even written a list of some toys you want (I hope you've added to that list some ways to help others, too!).

  I collected some images from toy catalogues because I am always interested in the way that little boys and little girls are portrayed. Have a look at the images below and see what you notice. There are some very different things going on in the different ads. What do you notice? Leave a comment with three things that you noticed.





























Update: The wonderful students in Room 207 have visited this post and joined our conversation as well! Please take some time to read and respond to comments below!

78 comments:

  1. They are ether electronic or VIOLENT
    some are actuly pretty apealing to me like
    the microscope is looks cool although I already
    have a wish list

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    1. whoops the is betwen miicroscope and looks is suposed
      to be an its

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    2. Have a look and see what you notice about toys targeted to boys and those targeted to girls. Do you notice anything interesting?

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    3. I found that with the older kids there was a lot more things like boys get these certain gthings and girls get these certain things. And with younger kids everything is equally the same gender.

      -Aniek

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    4. It dosn't say $.I think it's from a diffrent place.Maya V

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    5. I am surpised that the boys are playing with girl toys
      and other way around!
      Maya V

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  2. there are so many werd toys espouly the micrascope.

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  3. who would want a clening set not me.

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  4. MIGUEL IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD17 December 2012 at 14:08

    Like 10/18 is dolls
    alot of is is for babys
    most of the toys are from Toys R Us

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  5. Thomas The Amazing17 December 2012 at 14:09

    I find it very different beacuse some girls are playing with boy cind of stuff and boys playing with some boy cind of stuff. And some toys have like a girls only sticker on it or a boys only sticker on a toy.

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  6. AAAAAHHHH!!! I SEE A MONSTER ON THE PINK 600X MICROSCOPE!!
    SOO SCARY!!

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  7. I noticed the nerf picture was very controversial because some people thought that a girl in that picture was weird. I totally disagree, I see girls all the time with nerf guns.

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  8. i was so saprizd that that there was a girl in the nurf gun add because normaly it's a boy.

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    1. At first I thought it was a girl too, but now that I look at it again It looks like a boy, I am not to sure?

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    2. They are using a lot of adult things and turning them into kids things. Maya V

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    3. I have noticed that all of the boys toys are blue or a dark colour and the girls toys are more colourful.
      Most of the toys are for younger kids than adults and teens.
      It donsn't say $ so you can't tell how much it costs.

      -Maya W.

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  9. MIGUEL IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD17 December 2012 at 14:11

    toys are fun toys are cool toys are.............very very very very very very fun

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  10. MIGUEL IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD17 December 2012 at 14:12

    SO do I so do I

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    1. MIGUEL IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD17 December 2012 at 14:13

      PartyMac

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  11. The last two puictures are my favroutes because they potray girls playing with "boys" toys.

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    1. Pat,

      Reading this comment made me go back to the title of my post and put the "boys" and "girls" in quotation marks. You are totally correct to do so, as they're only called "boys'" toys and "girls'" toys, there is nothing about them that actually makes them only for one gender.

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    2. Up until the Barbie ad it is all VERY sexist they have completly separated the boys from the girls!:( Then in everything from the Barbies and down they have a boy and a girl,where they look equal. Also when the boys and girls are separated the price for the girls drops the boys items are able to do much more!
      -Tess

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  12. Thomas The Amazing17 December 2012 at 14:14

    The toys are mostly from Toysrus and Walmart. And some of the boys and girls are playing with baby toys and they are way older. I find it very different.

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    1. I loved your ccomment and its awesome

      -Liam

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  13. Iove the ads and the cute little boy and a little girls playing with the casil playfuly


    -Liam


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  14. Look at the third last pictuure VERY, VERY closely!!! :O I LOVE that ad!!!

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  15. Thomas The Amazing17 December 2012 at 14:16

    I saw a girl with a nerf gun and to me that is very different.

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  16. I noticed most girls toys are pink(I myself dont like pike that much).

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  17. Why do people think that girls only like pink and no other colour

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  18. i realized that there was baby toys,kids toys,playschool toys, and alot of diffrent types of toys also i saw girls were playing with boys kind of toys and boys playing with girls kind of toys

    -Erika

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  19. I noticed that the toys for the girls are more toys that

    are like clening splis for exampol,

    a oven,
    a iyrn,
    And the boys toy sare more like dragons

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  20. all the things for girls are pink
    and most of the things for girls are cleaning,barbies or princesses
    personaly i would shop in the boys section (like i used to)
    p.s.
    I HATE PINK BARBIES PRINCESSES AND CLEANING!

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  21. -I noticed that all the girls toys are all pink, and the boys toys are all dark colours!
    I also noticed that all the girls stuff was on 1 side and the boys stuff were all on the other side, they never (well usually not) put boys and girl toy on the same page!
    -One other thing I noticed was that a few adds had GIRLS and BOYS playing with the toy,like for example, Barbies they had one boy and one girl playing!
    -One more thing I noticed is that they labeled the pink stuff and the girly stuff under girls, and the cars and blue stuff under boys, but technically that's not true, girls could have Blue cars and boys could have Pink flowers!
    -Fiona

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  22. The video is very cool, I actually never thought about that!

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  23. There all real tools to use

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  24. I saw that the boys were playing with the girl toys and the girls were playing with the boy toys.

    Sam

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    1. What do you mean?
      There really isn't such thing as a "girl" or "boy" toy.
      Altough i would not buy a little boy a barbie dream house...

      - Kelly :)
      room 207

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  25. There all toys at the same time too . Karim

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  26. I also found that everything for girls it was a lot cheaper and less quality an dthe boys things wher more expensive and better quality.

    -Aniek
    Tiius class

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  27. I saw some of the toys are played by girls and boys, the girls toys
    are mostly pink and the boys toys are mostly red or blue.

    Mikaela

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  28. i like the toys

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  29. Every thing had a percent off. Karim

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  30. The girl toys are cooking ,cleaning and the hard work .But the boy toys are building things and job related. thats horrible :(
    Kyra :)

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  31. So horrible!!!!! I noticed that all the boys advertisments they are working, shooting, playing war and pretty much doing everything the girls aren't!!!!!!The girls have cutesy,pink,cooking and sewing things! Our society is encouraging the opposite sexes to have nothing to relate with!
    Sarah Tomkins

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  32. i am fasinated because all the toys are helpful tools

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  33. One thing I noticed is there are alot of age groups involved in the toy catologs.

    KieranFM

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  34. I like the Nerf guns. Jeramy

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  35. I noticed girls playing with boys toys and boys playing with girl toys.

    Nick

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    1. No such thing as a "girl" or "boy" toy!



      - kelly

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  36. All of the toys that you see girls playing with in the ads are all cooking,cleaning,pink. Even the baby teether was separated to rings and saws for girls and boys, should we really be telling the childrin in the world that girls must love pink, cooking and cleaing and boys tools, nerf guns and cars I think not. Girls are a lot smarter than just cleaning and cooking.

    Olivia

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  37. I have noticed that the toys are all either pink or blue, also there are numbers but they aren't prices there something else.
    Why would a kid want a cleaning set it just gets them ready for when there older and have to clean there own house! I wouldn't buy a cleaning set for a kid. There was a little boy dressed up in a spider man suit playing with a barbie dream house, fun right.

    - Kelly :) room 207

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  38. Its in European language.

    Sam

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  39. It cost 89$ for a small skate board. Jeramy

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  40. I nodicd that there are some intresting splots write beside
    the nerfgun's and they have leters on them.
    LOGAN

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  41. I like them all but can wee get them?

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  42. Another thing I noticed is that alot of boys are playing with girls toys and girls playing with boys toys

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  43. I've noticed that thay have very many diferint tipes of toys like science,job like toys and some weapons. I have also noticed that most of the toys are on sale. And the last thing i've noticed is that in most of the photos there are kids in the photos that look happy.

    -Austin

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  44. I saw their was this green splat that said a word in it and i also saw something this yellow tag that said 100:- or 50:- and also a girl shooting a nerf gun that just scare's me!

    Kurtis

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  45. some of them arent in english

    Gus

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  46. You lose the bullets for the Nerf gun to fast because I have and I would know. Jeramy

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  47. I've also noticed that there are toys with a diferint age or gender.

    -Austin

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  48. The easy bake video is right.

    Sam

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  49. Ther are some prity cool toys ther if i was small i would be so happy. LOGAN

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  50. Another thing I noticed is that almost every girl toy is pink!

    KieranFM

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  51. on some the boys are on one side girls the other

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  52. The easy bake video is right boys should be in the comercial

    Nick

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  53. I also noticed that some toys ( like the cleaning trolley ) they only had i type, "girl" type

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  54. Yikes!!!! Talk about gender specific toys! I am glad that you are bringing this up Shauna. I am sure that all of the smart cookies in your class know that the color of a toy shouldn't determine who plays with it - boy or girl. It really needs to come from personal interest!
    Personally, I loved Spiderman pushing the baby carriage!

    Jen-Hunter's Mum

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  55. It makes me sad how some toys have a sticker that says
    "girls only"and"boys only"
    and I think its so unfair that they do that!!!
    It should't be allowed!!!
    But I was so happy when I saw the boy and girl together!!!

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  56. OMG girls like Nerf too! I personally like ALL the boy stuff better then the girl stuff.

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  57. I enjoyed every bit of it and will bookmark your website for the future!!
    small windows for playhouse

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