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Should children's toys be gendered? Show more Show less

Traditionally, toymakers market their products to either girls or boys. The toy industry presents dolls and dresses as being girls’ toys, while cars and construction tools are for boys. In recent years, advocates have highlighted the presence of harmful gender stereotypes in such marketing tactics. Considering our society’s ongoing discussion of gender identity, should children’s toys be gendered?

Yes, toys should be gendered Show more Show less

Girls and boys are different. By creating gender-specific toys, manufacturers simply cater to their differences.
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The absence of gendered toys would threaten the toy industry

The production of gender-specific toys lends irreplaceable support to the economy.
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Context

The Argument

The toy industry is lucrative, [1] partly because of gender-specific toy popularity. If gender-neutral toys became a standard, the industry would make less money, because families would not feel inclined to buy multiple sets of toys for their children of different genders. The toy industry's profits would decrease, resulting in the loss of countless jobs. The toy industry should continue marketing gender-specific toys because eliminating this practice would hurt the economy.

Counter arguments

The toy industry does not have to stop producing gender-specific toys. They can continue making toys that appeal to traditionally masculine and feminine sensibilities. The toy industry merely needs to stop advertising their toys in such a rigidly gendered way. In this way, toy manufacturers could profit from gender-specific toys, while refraining from limiting a child's ability to choose their toys freely.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Gender-specific toys contribute significantly to the toy industry's profit.

Rejecting the premises

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.statista.com/topics/1108/toy-industry/

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