Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Toys and Gender

Okay, I know there's a gender bias in children's toys, and it's a dumb thing. This post does a pretty good breakdown of that. But this quote from the referring post just made me blink:

"To quote a headline about the study "Girls are magic, boys get power."

Magic IS power. It can be as devastating as a gun, but it can also be tremendously subtle. A gun isn't that versatile. Now granted, some of the magic presented in the context of girls' toys is useless fluff, but some of it is world-shaking stuff.  Just because something isn't always ostentatious ... don't assume that means it isn't powerful.
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