Campaign argues ‘gendered toys’ contribute to domestic violence

Campaign argues ‘gendered toys’ contribute to domestic violence

Australian Greens senator Larissa Waters is throwing her support behind a campaign against “gendered” toys this Christmas, claiming they perpetuate stereotypes that have horrible consequences, including domestic violence.

“Children shouldn’t have to conform to gender stereotypes,” she said, according to an article in the Guardian. “Outdated stereotypes about girls and boys and men and women perpetuate gender inequality, which feeds into very serious problems such as domestic violence and the gender pay gap.”

The “No Gender December” campaign was launched by an Australian organization called Play Unlimited, which claims that stereotyping toys as being for boys or girls — whether directly through sections in a store or indirectly through color schemes on packaging — is super dangerous and terrible.

It keeps kids from playing with the toys they want to play with and even “limits the prospects of children later in life,” in terms of career choices and education. It even, apparently, can cause domestic violence.

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