Photo Journey: Toys
In celebration of my few weeks as a stay at home Mom… I am focusing my posts this week on the gender-ization of toys.
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I took a journey through the toy aisles with my son the other day. I didn’t take pictures during our trip but wanted to share some of my observations in a visual format.
I put together some pics of toys from 20 or so years ago and then today. The gender-ization of toys is apparent when looking through these pics:
Lego treehouse for boys and Lego treehouse for girls
My Little Pony
As I walk through toy aisles…
I have a few weeks off from work and I am loving spending my days with my son. We plan little adventures every day but also make sure to take time, slow down and spend one on one time doing art and reading books.
Today we took a trip to … Toys R’ Us…and oh my…SENSORY OVERLOAD. We don’t frequent toy stores and I try to keep the stuff in our house to a minimum. I have always believed in owning fewer quality toys as opposed to loads and loads of inexpensive toys. Thankfully, we have also been blessed with hand me downs and haven’t had the need to do much shopping.
With that being said I was totally overwhelmed with trying to shop in Toys R’ Us with C. Holy cow, there is so much junk! We walked through the store and it was hard to navigate the isles. I was also shocked by the amount of plastic. Everything was plastic, it was difficult to find any wooden toys.
Of course, I couldn’t resit taking a stroll down the gender aisles. Everything was as expected, overly feminine dolls, babies, and dress up clothes and hyper masculine action figures, cars, and sports for boys. I was interested to see that the majority of the toddler and infant toys were fairly gender neutral; kitchens, learning toys, stackers, blocks, etc… there wasn’t a lot of pink and blue designated toys. It was the older kids toys that really started the separation. I made a point to walk C down both the boy and girl isles. Honestly I think he was so overwhelmed by everything around him that he couldn’t take it all in.
We won’t be taking a trip back anytime soon. I only wish I had thought to take photos!
WCW: Tina Fey
After several years in New York, Fey became the first female head writer in SNL history. However, when critics were apprehensive of casting her because she didn’t have the looks, Fey realized she needed a diet and a makeover.
It was during the show’s 25th season when Fey was able to transform her image and establish a fan base. Fey was cast as a news reporter on the regular “Weekend Update” sketch with Jimmy Fallon, where she wrote many of the segments’ most popular biting jokes.
Love this woman… perhaps my favorite Fey video is below 🙂 Enjoy!
Source: Tina Fey on Update | Saturday Night Live – Yahoo Screen
Motto for the week
diary of an escapist: Dear Mom, I don’t like chocolate chip cookies, anyway.
diary of an escapist: Dear Mom, I don’t like chocolate chip cookies, anyway..
It’s obviously not Mother’s Day, but I read this post on a friend on mine’s blog. It brought goosebumps to my skin and made me think of my own amazing mother, who resembles this Mom, in someways. Here’s to all of the amazing Mom’s out there. It doesn’t need to be Mother’s Day to celebrate!
Visbility Matters: Gender Observations at a Recent Conference
I have worked in my industry for almost 10 years now. I am passionate about my profession and am proud of what I have achieved in my career. I have experienced the “glass ceiling” a few times with different companies. When that happened I simply moved to a different company, or location, and the problem solved itself. Currently, I enjoy the corporation I work for, and ultimately believe in their vision and values.
From time to time, a few of my colleagues and I have talked about feeling like our workplace can be a “Boy’s Club”. I have always thought that was something I felt solely based on the location I work at and that my concerns were not a company wide problem. Additionally, I have recently heard more and more about our company’s initiatives to better diversify and have more female leaders in key positions. This excites me! The thought that my career could be fast-tracked to help diversify our North America leaders is promising and something I am very excited about.
Recently, I spent a week at a National convention for my corporation. There were approximately 800 attendees in key positions from all over North America. While the overall message of the conference was a good one, I felt baffled and frustrated throughout the week. I have noted my observations below:
- Total # of key speakers: 12
- Total # of women on that list: 2
- Total # of talks I listened to: 32
- Total # of times a woman spoke: 7
- Total # of key speakers: 12
Within the first few hours of the conference I was disappointed by the lack of representation of women on the stage. How is that we could have a captive audience of 800 people and only 7 women presenting?
Throughout the week I thought a lot about the term “visibility”. While I think it is great that companies have programs to support women, visibility matters. If you want your company to be diverse, and for women to feel there is equal opportunity, make space for them. Make sure that you have women presenting and speaking at meetings. It is that simple, if you want to be more diverse, then be more diverse. Make a conscious effort to have equality in presenters and information. Appeal to both the women and the men. Strive for balance beyond one or two token women.
WCW: Ellen DeGeneres
Thought this was cute… In all seriousness I totally appreciate Ellen and her humor. A wonderful feminist ally.
Gender observations in travel
I had a long layover yesterday in Dallas and thought I’d go for a walk/gender scavenger hunt in the airport. It was fun to walk around and look at different representations in airport gift shops.
Hope you enjoy my photo journey….
Kids t-shirt Unfortunately they didn’t stock the “Big Book of Girl Stuff”
Where are the female action figures? Why is Kobe Bryant a super hero?
A Texas style boot shop. Not a single piece of pink or purple leather. Impressed!
I could have taken all day analyzing magazines but here are a choice few September issue covers: