Every time I try to sweep both of the boys always want to help. Given that I have one broom and dustpan, it ends up being a fight over who gets to use it and my room doesn’t get swept. I figured the best solution was to get each of them a kids broom and dustpan and we would all sweep the floors together. So off we went to Toys R Us to get them their cleaning supplies.
Girls vs. Boys
Our quest for children’s cleaning supplies took a disappointing turn to the “little girl’s” section of the store where any sort of household item was either pink or purple. Neither my husband nor I care about our boys having toys that are pink, that was not the issue. I get that a lot of little girls naturally love pink and purple, but by having these items in stereo-typical girls colors we are telling our little girls that any cooking, cleaning, house-hold duty is clearly their responsibility.
There was not one item in blue, green, yellow or any other color in the spectrum. I have to say it was infuriating as a woman and as a mother to boys. Does being a boy mean they don’t have to learn to become a productive member of their home?
Equality in the Home
Women make up about 47% of the workforce today and I am sure that number will increase by the time the boys enter the workforce. So doesn’t that mean that men should make up at least 47% of the work in the home? I feel like most people I know live in a house where it is a shared duty to take care of what you have. What are we trying to teach our children and why are toy companies and stores still so behind the mark?
That is why I was beyond delighted to hear that Target is moving away from gender based signs. Finally someone is starting to get it. Of course I knew this news would unleash a litany of opinions from people who, in my opinion, must still live underground.
I was even more delighted to find out that a guy name Mike decided to pose as a Target Customer Service Rep and respond to the insane complaints people had upon hearing this news. I spent a long time scrolling through his responses and I have to say it was genius. If you are looking for a much-needed laugh one night check it out.
Let’s Step Into The Now
Why people are so afraid of Target’s decision is beyond me. Just as it is even more confusing why the toy company doesn’t think to make a green toy vacuum. I would think one of the joys of working at a toy company would be the ability to utilize their imagination to the fullest. Making pink only household supplies does not fall on the creative spectrum.
Needless to say we did not buy their cleaning supplies that day. For two reasons, I was pissed and they were kind of expensive. So I went to Target and bought them there, which in light of their recent decision, I am glad I did.
In the meantime, I will try to support stores and companies who work at not putting our kids in a box. I will also try to be an example to my guys of what it actually means to be a woman and they will continue to help me with cleaning and cooking, even when they eventually realize it is not all that fun.