This (pictured; and more here) is the second example I’ve found lately of a genre of children’s things that one might call ‘girlie boy toys’. They also have robots, rockets, castles, volcanoes, and aliens. The other girlie boy toy I came across recently (and so loved) was the excellent Automoblox C9P toy car construction set. I was so pleased when I found it: a toy car company that puts pictures of GIRLS on their web site! But when I showed it to mr. lp, his reply was “why does it need to be pink? Why does a toy have to be pink for a girl to play with it?”
Hmm. And now I don’t know what to think. He does have a point. My thinking was: If little girls see that they can like science, and engineering, and so on and so on and still be as pink and sparkly as they please, this seems like a good idea; divorce the fashion of the gender from the stereotypical interests of the gender. Let girls say “I’m still a girl, I just like cars!” (N.B. I don’t endorse “girlie” fashion. I’m against it–except on boys–truth be told. But obviously, a lot of little girls aren’t.)
But maybe mr. lp is right. Maybe making the girls’ dinosaur shirt pink only widens the pen a bit, when what we want to aim for is (if you will) free range girls (and boys!). What do you think?