The last couple weeks have had a 'SpiderEarth's crazy thoughts' theme to it, with all the harsh finger-wagging at Mystical Warriors of the Ring: Evolution and my glowing adoration over some cheap Walmart toy line. It's certainly been bizzaro-land, for sure, and to cap it all off, let's do some more.
But let me pause it for a second. I know I have some fringe opinions lately, but I've generally prefaced them with the fact I understand how unreasonable my thoughts on keshi are, slash should be. My thoughts today are still that of a minority, but unlike previous posts as of late, I think today's topic holds water. So, let's talk about it: gender and toys.
We've all seen it: there's a pink isle for girl toys and an isle full of action figures for boys. But why? Sure, I'll concede to a point that says most kids of a gender will prefer a toy aimed to their liking, but why such separation? Why are dress-up figures in one place and action dolls in another? Is it really just for convenience sake, just so a majority doesn't accidentally purchase a toy they may accidentally enjoy? Why spilt children and toy enthusiasts apart? If it's not gender-identity issue than it can be an issue about style and craft. Maybe there is a toy in the pink isle that has the best sculpt, vivid color application, and design in the whole toy section, why say it's just for girls?
I understand this is an enormously heavy topic, and I'm barely scratching the surface, but I am from the camp that I will enjoy anything from any isle, and will allow others to enjoy the same. I don't have any kids, but if I had a daughter that grew into loving Ninja Turtles, Transformers, or some other so-called boy toy line instead of dress-up dolls, I wouldn't push her away from it. Same goes for if I had a son. If he wasn't into super heroes and instead preferred Monster High, that's perfectly acceptable too.
There's a couple girl-isle minifigure toy lines I'd really be interested in collecting, that, let's be honest, are super cool and really should be blended in with everything else. Every toy from every isle should have that privilege.
Some may argue Shopkins and Lalaloopsy Tinies are for girls-only, maybe like the manufacturer intended, but I would disagree, much in the same way amazingly-fun minifigure sets like Monster In My Pocket and Kinnikuman could be loved by anyone of any gender, if only separate isles and preconceived gender roles weren't a thing. I think it may time to start blurring the lines a little more.