Musing about gendered toys
OK guys, so here is something I am overthinking. →
[More:]So my (just turning 5yo) daughter has loved lego for years. But now there is this, grrrr, lego for girls (ie. in pink and purple packaging) that has probably been around for a while, but hasn't been on my radar. Anyway, I was shopping for her 5th bd and going to buy her lego and she is insisting that she doesn't like lego, because it's boy toys. But she likes the "girl lego" sigh.
So anyone who vaguely knows me will know that I have Opinions on gendering toys like lego that are totally gender neutral. It really, really pisses me off. And I didn't buy any "girl" lego for her. But by the same token, she IS totally at that age where they are sorting out gender and being very rigid about gender roles and that's totally normal! And it will calm down in a few years!
My concern is that I don't want to turn her off awesome lego building stuff by NOT buying some "girl" lego, now that she knows it's out there. But I don't want to implicitly endorse the concept that lego has to be gendered at all! Especially when the "boy" lego is the default and the "girl" lego is the special one. (seriously, when was this invented? sometime in the last 5 years, right?) If I don't buy her the girl stuff, am I a boring humorless mother, sacrificing her enjoyment and nascent engineering side for a principle? If I do buy her the girl stuff am I ghettoizing her lego choices?
Sigh. See? Overthinking.