Feminists Protest 'Gendered' Toys on Xmas Shelves

by Bidita Debnath on  December 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
A group of feminists, some dressed as maids and princesses, occupied a Paris toy shop to protest the gender stereotypes fuelled by toys in the run-up to Christmas.
 Feminists Protest 'Gendered' Toys on Xmas Shelves
Feminists Protest 'Gendered' Toys on Xmas Shelves

Slamming the prevalence on store shelves of pink-clad dolls for girls and swords for boys the protesters urged shoppers to opt for gender-neutral gifts.

"The conditioning starts with toys," said Roselyne Segalen of the group Chiennes de Garde (Watch Dogs).

"Gendered toys such as science kits for little boys and tea sets and makeup for girls are shockingly regressive," she said.

"It sets a disastrous example and restricts children to stereotypes."

Gender equality is a hot topic in France, which saw mass demonstrations by conservatives in May over an experimental school programme that encouraged children to question stereotypes.

Carting shopping bags out of the shop, one woman expressed support for the protest.

"I bought my daughter a dragon!" she said.

Source: AFP

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