Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Does the “War on Pink” need to stop for boys’ sakes? No, and here’s why.

Thanks to Rebecca for addressing this either/or mentality. It’s important for scholars and activists to focus on promoting a healthy childhood for ALL children. Some will focus on girls, some will focus on boys, and others will focus on both. All of these positions are important and legitimate.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

In a recent blog post on Girl w/Pen, professors CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges—sociologists whose work focuses on masculinity—make a strange request of their fellow feminist scholars and activists. “Stop the war on pink,” their headline pleads; “let’s take a look at toys for boys.”

Pascoe and Bridges claim that boys’ toys’ problems have been overlooked too long. Boy culture is too violent, too “gunnified.” Now, they say, we need “at least a pause” in critiquing girls’ toys and their “pinkification,” so that we can give boys’ toys our full attention.

As the mother of two little boys, I fully agree with their concerns about boys’ toys. Countless boys’ toys function to socialize our sons into stereotypical masculinity, and that is unfair. Boys deserve expanded play offerings every bit as much as our girls do—which is why I already support the Let Toys Be Toys campaign they mention. It’s why my gift-buying guide…

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