KMart has pictures of girls playing with boys' toys. No boys playing with girls' toys, but it's a start. Yay!
Target has few children in their catalogue, so hard to judge. But Big W
is more segregated than ever. Parts of the catalogue are labelled Girls
Toy and Boys Toys, so not a lot of gender integration there. The most
radical representation they include is a girl wearing a Skylanders T
I've been looking thorough them because it is
Banjo's birthday this week, and I've organised nothing for her, except
giving a large amount of money to the orthodontist. She's turning eight,
and I'm glad she's still interested in baby dolls. I don't want her to
grow up too quickly.
The amount of toys that have come through our house and out to the op shops just makes my head spin, so I need to be careful and cautious. I'm tempted to change the batteries of all the unused toys in the house and present them to the children as if new.
What I've noticed is that the toys are cheaper than
ever before. A few years ago a Baby Alive doll was $100. Now you can
get one for about $20. Everything is so cheap. Cheaper than I've ever seen. Yes, made in China, and
made of plastic. I don't wonder why people buy so much. Mostly it
makes me wonder how the environmental cost could possibly be factored
into the price. And what kind of conditions are the workers enduring?
Cheap for us, but at what expense?