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(Topless Robot)   Toy stores in the United Kingdom will drop gender-specific toy aisles, because "children--regardless of gender--should be able to play with the toys they want"   (toplessrobot.com) divider line 37
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2013-09-07 03:01:02 AM
3 votes:
I'm sorry. Were girls and boys not allowed to shop in each other's toy aisles in UK stores? Was that tantamount to trying to see the other's pee-pee?
2013-09-07 02:59:44 AM
3 votes:
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This picture has never been more appropriate.
2013-09-07 02:58:52 AM
3 votes:
It's the wrong solution to the problem.  All this does is inconvenience consumers.

We won't solve gender related problems by pretending that gender differences don't exist.  This kind of simple-minded nonsense only helps simple-minded people feel like they're doing something important.
2013-09-07 02:37:58 AM
3 votes:

thisisarepeat: Great, now how the fark am I going to pick out a gift for my siblings crotchfruit?


Lego and Nerf. You can never go wrong with Lego and Nerf.
2013-09-07 10:22:34 PM
2 votes:

JayCab: I applaud them for getting rid of boy/girl  sections but they're still going to have boy/girl  aisles unless they stick toys in alphebetical order rather than putting Barbies and Bratz on the same aisle and because they're the same kind of toy while Transformers and GI Joe* are next door because they're the same kind of toy as well.

SeaMonkey311: So barbies next to GI Joes or what? This PC crap is getting ridiculous


I hate to tell you this, but GI Joes and Barbies are both dolls.

/"Noooo! They're  action figures! That's entirely different! And you can dress them in different army outfits and give them accessories and do their hair and play 'military ball' and..."
2013-09-07 04:13:14 AM
2 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com

I grew up in the 80's, and we all had glorious He-Man toy collections.

.... but even though I'd never play with the toys, I could never reveal this confession to anyone; She-Ra had much better theme music.


(But Bravestarr blew them both out of the water.  That theme music was... well...YOU FELT LIKE A MAN.)
2013-09-07 03:30:17 AM
2 votes:
thesocietypages.org

Now, can you guess who this child grew up to be? Hint: child sexual dimorphism was really a recent development. As was being able to expect all your children to make it to adulthood.

Oh, and blue was a girls color, soothing and associated with The Virgin Mary. Pink was a warm color for boys. The whole pink = girls solidified in the 1950's.
2013-09-07 03:03:45 AM
2 votes:

Dreamless: Gyrfalcon: the_cnidarian: They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.

Yeah, what will happen when my niece still wants to play with Barbie dolls and Disney princesses, and my nephew wants Bionicles and Spider-Man action figures, irregardless of which aisle they are in?

"Irregardless" is not a word.

/That is all.


It's non-standard and should not be used in formal writing, but this is Fark, so get your panties out of a bundle. Did you understand what he/she meant when he/she wrote it? YOU DID?! Then kindly shut the fark up.
2013-09-07 03:03:13 AM
2 votes:

Esroc: My mom accompanied me and my daughter shopping once and my daughter dragged her over to the toys while I grabbed some groceries. By the time I made my own way over there my daughter was throwing a fit because my mom refused to let her down the "boy" aisle and kept trying to make her look at barbies and shiat. My daughter is more of a superhero/ninja turtles kinda kid.

I chewed my mom out about enforcing gender stereotypes on my kid and had a very awkward drive home.

/bought my daughter a badass Hulk figure that she'd been wanting so her SSj Broly could battle him.
/love my kid


Your mom sounds like she raised an asshole
2013-09-07 02:47:47 AM
2 votes:
My mom accompanied me and my daughter shopping once and my daughter dragged her over to the toys while I grabbed some groceries. By the time I made my own way over there my daughter was throwing a fit because my mom refused to let her down the "boy" aisle and kept trying to make her look at barbies and shiat. My daughter is more of a superhero/ninja turtles kinda kid.

I chewed my mom out about enforcing gender stereotypes on my kid and had a very awkward drive home.

/bought my daughter a badass Hulk figure that she'd been wanting so her SSj Broly could battle him.
/love my kid
2013-09-07 02:42:43 AM
2 votes:

Gyrfalcon: the_cnidarian: They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.

Yeah, what will happen when my niece still wants to play with Barbie dolls and Disney princesses, and my nephew wants Bionicles and Spider-Man action figures, irregardless of which aisle they are in?


"Irregardless" is not a word.

/That is all.
2013-09-07 02:36:43 AM
2 votes:
Perfectly reasonable, but hero tag? Really?
2013-09-07 11:31:27 PM
1 votes:

Sensei Can You See: They tried this a while back at Toys R Us and discovered most customers WANTED to know where the gender-specific toys are.

There are always exceptions, of course, but the reason most boys play with trucks and girls play with dolls isn't cultural imprinting or whatever. It's because most boys WANT to play with trucks and most girls WANT to play with dolls.


I seriously doubt any toy store would just mix all the toys together randomly. It's not like people won't be able to find the toys they want. It's just that instead of a blue aisle and pink aisle, you might have light sabers at one end and princess wands at the other.

Think of it like a grocery store that re-orders its merchandise. The regulars get a little peeved because they're used to pattern shopping. But someone who's never been in the store isn't affected by the change. Pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo will still be presented in the same areas, its just that now they're over near the bread (and therefore the buns) rather than being near the picnic supplies and beer.
2013-09-07 01:59:01 PM
1 votes:

SundaesChild: My daughter once had another little girl tell her that she wasn't a "real girl" because she liked to play with dinosaurs instead of dolls. My kid's feelers were hurt so to comfort her my sister bought my daughter a Paleontologist Barbie. She still preferred the dinosaurs.


She was just echoing what mommy told her when she wanted to play with them.

Some parents are unintentional monsters.
2013-09-07 01:50:13 PM
1 votes:

Bonanza Jellybean: Perfectly reasonable, but hero tag? Really?


Hell yes. Shopping for toddlers is  insane when the aisles are gendered. They need to sort toys by age, not gender--that way you can get the three-year-old the blocks and not have to search twelve aisles to find it.

/Seriously, I have done this before. Put the toys by age and have done with it.
2013-09-07 10:48:29 AM
1 votes:

rynthetyn: Good. When I was a little kid, I always felt vaguely insulted that the toy aisles were telling me what kinds of toys I should like.


Heh.  My friends' daughter likes Transformers, Batman, and The Avengers toys.  The only "girl" toys she likes is the Monster High dolls, and she looks like she's about to die of embarrassment walking down the pink aisles of the girl toys sections to get to them.
2013-09-07 09:20:05 AM
1 votes:
My 4 year old is playing now with a Disney castle filled with the cast from Dora all the Disney Princesses along with Spider-Man, Captain America and I think Daredevil is in there. Also some of the spongebob character.  Most of the superhero action figures are leftovers from when I was a kid but some are new.  Of course my 4 year old is a girl, I doubt a 4 year old boy would allow any female influence on playtime so the Disney Princess castle is out.
Oh, gotta run the dog just took off with Wolverine in his mouth
2013-09-07 05:59:08 AM
1 votes:

Mid_mo_mad_man: wookiee cookie: Mid_mo_mad_man: Igor Jakovsky: RealAmericanHero: I'm glad for this. I remember when I was very little (like so little it's one of my earliest memories) I wanted to buy a my little pony with brushable hair. I persisted and got it, and didn't have fun, but this was after the discouragement of every family member present that it wasn't the sort of thing I should have because it was for girls.

25 years later I'm a repressed transsexual who hates the world. I'm sure it's a direct correlation.

Well apparently my little pony is for boys now too. At least according to the bronies.

Bronies is a sad subculture that needs to be stomped out.

it's just utterly patheticly femminazizing the cutesy adoration of fictional cartoon beasts they should be ground into dogfood if they like being ponies so much it makes my nostrils flare in offense



I've watched every episode trying to see the appeal. I found it to be utter garbage. With no redeeming qualities.


of course it's udder garbage, therefore its priestesses deserve boot-stomping eradication but... uggs, every episode?!?...the brony doth protest too much methinks.
2013-09-07 05:11:18 AM
1 votes:

Smoking GNU: Pin Fiften Clob: The amount of trolls here, as a percentage, is higher than most politic threads.

Yup, I'd update my troll list, but i'd reduce the thread to one grey wall with occasional white places.




A opposing viewpoint makes one a troll? I thought the Internet was about the free exchange of ideas?
2013-09-07 04:34:35 AM
1 votes:
And btw, if the boyfriend can't fix the car, then he didn't have decent parents. He should also be able to fix the pants.

And so should she.

/wtf
2013-09-07 04:21:02 AM
1 votes:

wildcardjack: Now, can you guess who this child grew up to be?


Yeah. Ended up in a wheelchair. bazinga


As for these people:

Resident Muslim: Let me guess...your daughter also prefers to have her hair short...the same way you've been cutting it for her since she was too young to choose herself.


ThatDarkFellow: Your mom sounds like she raised an asshole


duffblue: I feel vaguely insulted you weren't aborted.


What the hell is wrong with you?
2013-09-07 04:07:29 AM
1 votes:

Boo_Guy: thisisarepeat: Boo_Guy: Dreamless: Gyrfalcon: the_cnidarian: They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.

Yeah, what will happen when my niece still wants to play with Barbie dolls and Disney princesses, and my nephew wants Bionicles and Spider-Man action figures, irregardless of which aisle they are in?

"Irregardless" is not a word.

/That is all.

Looks like one to me?
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/irregardless

fark you with a flaming pineapple.  You still sound retarded when you use a double negative in English.


I don't use it,  but this is just a thread on Fark,  not a letter to the POTUS from the Pope.

So like OMG DMY!


Dont mind me, I'm still PISSED OFF about meriam webster making "racist" and "bigot" synonyms.  Fark it.  I'll just use use random words like a farking stroke victim and expect people to know what I mean.  I'll just wait for a dictionary to make my illiterate bullshiat source-able.
2013-09-07 03:38:05 AM
1 votes:

ThatDarkFellow: Esroc: ThatDarkFellow: Esroc: My mom accompanied me and my daughter shopping once and my daughter dragged her over to the toys while I grabbed some groceries. By the time I made my own way over there my daughter was throwing a fit because my mom refused to let her down the "boy" aisle and kept trying to make her look at barbies and shiat. My daughter is more of a superhero/ninja turtles kinda kid.

I chewed my mom out about enforcing gender stereotypes on my kid and had a very awkward drive home.

/bought my daughter a badass Hulk figure that she'd been wanting so her SSj Broly could battle him.
/love my kid

Your mom sounds like she raised an asshole

So if someone, especially a family member, was telling your four year old that she's forbidden from playing with superhero's because she's a girl, you'd be perfectly cool with that?

I feel bad for your kids/future kids.


Yeah, that's exactly what I said. I totally nailed you for letting your daughter play with a toy she wanted. It wasn't for being such a big strong man and freedom fighter for putting that dumb biatch who raised you in her place and shaming her in such a fashion that no one spoke on the way home.I'd make an action figure of you for such a glaring example of heroism, but I wouldn't know what aisle to put it in.


Oh, so what you're really upset about is that I yelled at my mother. I guess to you someone raising you means you just shut your mouth whenever they do something you feel is wrongt? Sorry, me and you don't have the same family values. When your parent is being a biatch and taking it out on your own kid I don't feel that they just get a free pass. And I fully expect my kid to do the same to me when she's my age and the situation arises.

If it's any consolation, that probably does make me an asshole. But I'd rather be an asshole than someone who goes around telling little kids what they have to be. I'd prefer they decide that on their own.
2013-09-07 03:30:19 AM
1 votes:

Esroc: ThatDarkFellow: Esroc: My mom accompanied me and my daughter shopping once and my daughter dragged her over to the toys while I grabbed some groceries. By the time I made my own way over there my daughter was throwing a fit because my mom refused to let her down the "boy" aisle and kept trying to make her look at barbies and shiat. My daughter is more of a superhero/ninja turtles kinda kid.

I chewed my mom out about enforcing gender stereotypes on my kid and had a very awkward drive home.

/bought my daughter a badass Hulk figure that she'd been wanting so her SSj Broly could battle him.
/love my kid

Your mom sounds like she raised an asshole

So if someone, especially a family member, was telling your four year old that she's forbidden from playing with superhero's because she's a girl, you'd be perfectly cool with that?

I feel bad for your kids/future kids.



Yeah, that's exactly what I said. I totally nailed you for letting your daughter play with a toy she wanted. It wasn't for being such a big strong man and freedom fighter for putting that dumb biatch who raised you in her place and shaming her in such a fashion that no one spoke on the way home.I'd make an action figure of you for such a glaring example of heroism, but I wouldn't know what aisle to put it in.
2013-09-07 03:30:18 AM
1 votes:
I support this, but I don't know why one would be heading to a retail outlet in this day and age. Amazon lets you sort by 'appropriate' gender, or not, so take your pick. I don't really even know how toy stores are arranged these days. I remember when I was twelve being disgusted by the blindingly pink aisle that said 'girls'. There's no point in my life where I thought it was ok to demark any particular toy as 'These aren't for you, kid". But I also certainly wouldn't have wanted a Barbie...

Dolls of various types I don't imagine are popular outside their target genders, but I'd tend to be more concerned about building/construction/creativity type toys being segregated. I have no idea if that's a problem or not though.
2013-09-07 03:24:20 AM
1 votes:

Dreamless: Gyrfalcon: the_cnidarian: They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.

Yeah, what will happen when my niece still wants to play with Barbie dolls and Disney princesses, and my nephew wants Bionicles and Spider-Man action figures, irregardless of which aisle they are in?

"Irregardless" is not a word.

/That is all.


Looks like one to me?
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/irregardless
2013-09-07 03:21:08 AM
1 votes:

RealAmericanHero: I'm glad for this. I remember when I was very little (like so little it's one of my earliest memories) I wanted to buy a my little pony with brushable hair. I persisted and got it, and didn't have fun, but this was after the discouragement of every family member present that it wasn't the sort of thing I should have because it was for girls.

25 years later I'm a repressed transsexual who hates the world. I'm sure it's a direct correlation.


Well apparently my little pony is for boys now too. At least according to the bronies.
2013-09-07 03:18:50 AM
1 votes:
I think putting the sex toys in the same aisle as the other toys is a really bad idea.
2013-09-07 03:11:51 AM
1 votes:

thisisarepeat: Fark, I guess no one else will, so I'll go ahead and say it.  Good farking luck with your "big lots" organizational method, you hipster retards.  I hope your bankruptcy doesnt contribute to a meaningful increase in unemployment claims.  This is the worst marketing decision since sperm shoes.


Is this the night of trolls, or are people this insanely hung up on their gender identities? Seriously, "You will go BANKRUPT and RUIN THE ECONOMY if you just put toys on shelves!"? Maybe I just don't ingest enough mercury to understand where this argument is coming from.....
2013-09-07 03:04:21 AM
1 votes:
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/Please donate the prize for my winning another thread to the charity of your choice
//Thank you.
2013-09-07 02:58:25 AM
1 votes:

rynthetyn: Good. When I was a little kid, I always felt vaguely insulted that the toy aisles were telling me what kinds of toys I should like.


I feel vaguely insulted you weren't aborted.
2013-09-07 02:52:59 AM
1 votes:

Esroc: My mom accompanied me and my daughter shopping once and my daughter dragged her over to the toys while I grabbed some groceries. By the time I made my own way over there my daughter was throwing a fit because my mom refused to let her down the "boy" aisle and kept trying to make her look at barbies and shiat. My daughter is more of a superhero/ninja turtles kinda kid.

I chewed my mom out about enforcing gender stereotypes on my kid and had a very awkward drive home.

/bought my daughter a badass Hulk figure that she'd been wanting so her SSj Broly could battle him.
/love my kid


Lookout. Dreamless might have something to say about your incorrect ordering of personal nouns.

/...my daughter and me...
2013-09-07 02:38:08 AM
1 votes:

thisisarepeat: Great, now how the fark am I going to pick out a gift for my siblings crotchfruit?


A gift card to the toy store so they can get whatever they want. That way, you don't run the risk of getting a similarly named toy knock off instead of what they want because you don't watch six hours of toy commercials cartoons everyday.
2013-09-07 02:33:40 AM
1 votes:

the_cnidarian: They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.


Uhm, this, I think.

I was going to say, children will never be able to play with the toys they want as long as they are forced to go through the harrowing experience of (GASP!!!), you know, having to go to another aisle.
2013-09-07 02:30:23 AM
1 votes:
They should be able to play with the toys they want. Unfortunately, they'll never look at the toys next to the ones they don't want.
2013-09-07 02:29:39 AM
1 votes:
Good. When I was a little kid, I always felt vaguely insulted that the toy aisles were telling me what kinds of toys I should like.
2013-09-07 02:29:39 AM
1 votes:

thisisarepeat: Great, now how the fark am I going to pick out a gift for my siblings crotchfruit?


Buy them an EZ-Bake Oven that converts into a flamethrower at the touch of a button!  Now both traditional gender roles are covered, and it's fun for the whole family!
 
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