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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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Gender-specific toys accurately cater to their demographic

Gender-specific toys are harmless because they appeal to natural differences between girls and boys.
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Context

The Argument

Girls and boys are different. Naturally, boys gravitate towards play that fosters movement and aggression, while girls prefer sedentary and appearance-focused activities. [1] The toy industry does not cater to unfair stereotypes relating to girls and boys. Rather, toymakers simply profit from the inherent differences between each sex. Requiring toy manufacturers to produce gender-neutral toys is unfair because they do not create differences between each gender. They simply profit from these differences.

Counter arguments

Humans are diverse creatures. It is foolish to assume that all children conform perfectly to narrow gender stereotypes. By marketing highly gendered toys, toy manufacturers make children who do not practice these stereotypes feel limited to playing with only certain toys.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The gender stereotypes governing distinctions between girls and boys' toys are accurate and natural.

Rejecting the premises

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References

  1. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/what-every-parent-knows-and-target-doesnt-about-boys-and-girls

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