This post was initially a long tirade about how companies are suffocating our children with their own brand of childhood that separates girls and boys into two distinct aisles at the toy store and well beyond that. But when I started to sound like my own broken record (Ive been writing about this for a long time now), I thought, "I'm just going to say what I really think." Without intellectualizing, without supporting my argument with all of the good research and articles that are out there. Nah--just going to put it out there.
So here's what I think about the whole pink/princess culture that is dominating girlhood--that has so many thinking that girls just won't play with things like microscopes, building sets, and science kits unless they're pink and purple.
We shouldn't need petition after petition to convince companies of what we all already know--that girls are smarter than what is being offered to them.
What we need to do is just rip the pink-princess band-aid right off instead of slowly lifting the edges a little at a time. Because doing it slowly is hurting girls--not helping them. And I've got news--girls don't need it. This is not rocket science--it is simple logic. What girls really need is more choice. They need to SEE options. If they don't see it--they can't choose it.
And when you rip off that band-aid, sure, it might hurt for a split second. There even might be a tear. But once it's completely off-- they'll just run off and play as if nothing happened. I promise.