Are toy commercials and companies sexist?

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I often see commercials that depict a little girl that is taking care of a baby or cooking on a pretend stove. Or, you will see little boys being the target market of new toy guns or toy tools. Is this some kind of marketing campaign led by sexist thoughts? Or, are these just the toys little ones are drawn to?

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Greeneville Goblin wrote:
I often see commercials that depict a little girl that is taking care of a baby or cooking on a pretend stove. Or, you will see little boys being the target market of new toy guns or toy tools. Is this some kind of marketing campaign led by sexist thoughts? Or, are these just the toys little ones are drawn to?
Research shows the higher the testosterone level, the more likely children will play with guns, trucks, etc.

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Research shows the higher the testosterone level, the more likely children will play with guns, trucks, etc.
Do you mean prenatal testosterone? It does give good reasoning behind a girl being a 'tom boy'.

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Greeneville Goblin wrote:
<quoted text>Do you mean prenatal testosterone? It does give good reasoning behind a girl being a 'tom boy'.
Yuppity yup yup
But to be clear, it isn't the toy, per-say, that the children are attracted to but rather the manner in which they play with them. Those with high testosterone levels are more rough with their manner of play. That, I suppose, is why boys would naturally go after a toy hammer, truck etc. They can bang the crap out of them...
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A male wouldnt play with Barbie and a female wouldnt play around with army men. It's simple as that.

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A male wouldnt play with Barbie and a female wouldnt play around with army men. It's simple as that.
That is very simple.

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Sub Dee wrote:
A male wouldnt play with Barbie and a female wouldnt play around with army men. It's simple as that.
I can agree with that, but not the concept. I have seen kids of both genders play with dolls and race cars.
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A male wouldnt play with Barbie and a female wouldnt play around with army men. It's simple as that.
I always liked playing with Barbie. I would hump her with Ken.
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Sub Dee wrote:
A male wouldnt play with Barbie and a female wouldnt play around with army men. It's simple as that.
Women sit around all day and play with cosmetics, hair, and outfits while men go to work and pay for it all.

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Obama Is Color Of Turds wrote:
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Women sit around all day and play with cosmetics, hair, and outfits while men go to work and pay for it all.
Off-topic, sexist, and out of touch with reality. Other than that a truly delusional post.

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Greeneville Goblin wrote:
I often see commercials that depict a little girl that is taking care of a baby or cooking on a pretend stove. Or, you will see little boys being the target market of new toy guns or toy tools. Is this some kind of marketing campaign led by sexist thoughts? Or, are these just the toys little ones are drawn to?
Advertising has been sexist through the ages throughout the world and continues, for the most part. Newspapers and catalogs filled with sexist role-defining pictures and ads. The concept just transferred to television and motion pictures--and continues.
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Nobody is as smart as Outlaw Racer thinks he is.

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Nobody is as smart as Outlaw Racer thinks he is.
Am I truly 'smart?' Or do I just recognize and call out agitators, the uninformed, the bigots, and those who confuse opinions with facts? And they DON'T LIKE IT!

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Dull, obsolete and out of touch with the present as usual.
NOT YET! My personal OPINION, of course.
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Nobody is as smart as Outlaw Racer thinks he is.
He and Word Woman could change the world, they think.

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<quoted text>Am I truly 'smart?' Or do I just recognize and call out agitators, the uninformed, the bigots, and those who confuse opinions with facts? And they DON'T LIKE IT!
All of the above AND more :)
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If they put boys playing with dolls in commercials someone would be throwing a fit about turning the boys into homosexuals...

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In point of fact and speaking for myself, NO, I cannot even dream of changing the world. I would like to positively affect my small portion of it though.

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If they put boys playing with dolls in commercials someone would be throwing a fit about turning the boys into homosexuals...
Likely, but G.I. Joe DOLLS for boys have been around for 50 years. Intentionally labeled an 'ACTION FIGURE,' from the start to prevent just what you state. Still basically a doll--for boys.
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OUTLAW RACER wrote:
<quoted text>Likely, but G.I. Joe DOLLS for boys have been around for 50 years. Intentionally labeled an 'ACTION FIGURE,' from the start to prevent just what you state. Still basically a doll--for boys.
I once met the man responsible for G.I. Joe. He was with Hasbro or Mattel or whoever did it. I answered an ad for an old car listed by a retired older man who lived somewhere in Western No. Carolina I think, maybe Waynesville or maybe Burnsville ?? It has been at least 30 years ago, and I don't remember.

Anyway, we started talking while I drove his car, and asked him what he did for a living. He told me that he was retired , but had been responsible for the development of G.I. Joe. I looked up his name later(which I have forgotten), and sure enough, I found that he had a toy company in New York(I think), and sold his idea and company to one of the big toy companies.

I asked him how he got his idea, and he told me that he was trying to come up with a doll for boys , for which the company could sell multiple accessories. Knowing that little boys liked to play soldiers and cowboys and Indians, he settled on a soldier, because there were many weapons accessories and vehicles that could be sold. Anyway, the guy was fascinating to talk to, but I didn't buy his car, as it had some rust from being in the Northeast.

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