Pink Strollers And Barbie: Are We Forcing Gender Roles On Our Daughters?

Barbie has come under a lot of fire by feminists and social justice warriors alike for setting unrealistic body expectations for little girls, but this is part of a bigger idea. Many people believe that little girls are ‘forced’ into liking things like Barbie and pink. How much of this is true? As a matter […]

Barbie has come under a lot of fire by feminists and social justice warriors alike for setting unrealistic body expectations for little girls, but this is part of a bigger idea. Many people believe that little girls are ‘forced’ into liking things like Barbie and pink. How much of this is true?

As a matter of fact, there isn’t that much truth to it. While it could be argued that assigning genders to colors is a social construct, it’s not a harmful one nor is it sexist. What disadvantage will a little girl have if her parents used pink strollers? None. Arguing that little girls having pink things is sexist would be the same as saying boys with blue things is sexistÂ… it simply isn’t.

As for toys, that does have a lot to do with biology. Many people might not like to admit it, but little girls are fundamentally different from little girls. Girls gravitate more towards Barbie and baby dolls because the Barbie looks like them and because girls are nurturing by nature. Nobody forces women to have a maternal instinct, it’s something our species evolved with. If we hadn’t, we’d be instinct. That’s the same reason why little boys like toys that are more action packed. Biologically, men are driven to be dominant and powerful. This is once again nature at work. At the dawn of humankind, men needed to be able to defend women and children from predators and other threats. Yes, women can defend themselves. Pregnant women? Not so much. And that’s why men naturally evolved to be the physically dominant gender. That’s also why they like action figures, play-fighting and sports. It allows them to vent their natural aggression.

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There are blurred lines. Some girls love wrestling. Some boys like to play with Barbie. The important thing to remember is that none of this is sexist or unnatural.