Uproar Over #NoGenderDecember From People Terrified Of Letting Boys Play With Dolls
Now that NoShaveNovember and its horrific facial hair atrocities are over, the Australian Green Party is on hand with a new themed month: NoGenderDecember. The idea behind the movement is to stop forcing gender-stereotyped toys on children; as one person on Twitter put it, “Buy kids the toys they want, not the ones they’re expected to want.” Boys are allowed to play with dolls, girls are allowed to want toy trucks, children of any gender are allowed to want a swimming-pool sized bin of Lego bricks.
The Greens have a pledge you can sign, and they’re also asking the government to consider legislation to keep toy stores from labeling and marketing products as ‘girl toys’ or ‘boy toys’, instead of just ‘toys’. Sounds good, right? But of course, attachment to stereotypes runs deep, and not everyone is happy about the prospect of a NoGenderDecember. I’ve been perusing reactions to this movement this morning, and the only thing that indicates this stuff wasn’t written in the Stone Age is the fact that it was posted to Twitter.
1. How fittingHow fitting that Danny here made a transphobic joke to defend his moldy old views about gender stereotyping from the merciless onslaught of gender neutral Christmas shopping.
2. It’s funny because … reasons?
3. Let’s throw in a little casual xenophobia to switch things up
Yes, stating that girls should have other options in addition to Barbie dolls, and that boys who want Barbies should also get to play with them, is essentially the same thing as calling for a complete boycott of dolls. Also, let’s play a game called ‘spot the difference between telling women they can’t dress themselves as they’d like and telling little girls they CAN play with any toys they’d like’.