Category Archives: Shopping

Buy This Instead!

It would be very easy for me to spend most of my time between now and Christmas harping on all the stereotypical toys and ads swirling about. I realized this morning that Parenting Lesson 101 is Positive Reinforcement — give … Continue reading

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Aisle . . . sigh, every aisle

So I went to Barnes and Noble today . . .           The store was chock full of more gender-separated books like those I saw at the grocery store last week. For inquiring minds, girls search … Continue reading

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The Olden Days

Jo Paoletti’s great slideslow of shower cards for new babies, 1915-1957 It is fun and instructive to go back in time and look at how gendered choices for children have changed over time. For some reason, this photo of FDR … Continue reading

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Mixing it up – toywise

The big news this week is that Harrods, the famed London department store, opened its first gender-neutral toy store, designed by Shed Design. “The London department store commissioned the multi-million pound Toy Kingdom to be grouped by theme rather than … Continue reading

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Welcome to the mainstream

                So you may remember back at the beginning of the year hearing something about a call to boycott the retailer J C Penney because it had hired Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson? … Continue reading

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