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If toys become gender neutral, it will contribute to an expanding market and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys.

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Daisuke Fujii, editor-in-chief of Toy Journal, a monthly industry journal. Children’s toys are becoming more and more gender neutral, with signs that read “For boys” or “For girls” disappearing from toy stores. Shelves are being stocked with new products suitable for both boys and girls.

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And now guess why women don’t have children later and nursing or care facilities don’t have or find enough personnel in the workforce and why men nowadays don’t innovate technologies at sufficient levels anymore and companies don’t even find skilled MINT staff, for example. Exactly, they are not prepared and given some focus for those important roles in society by those especially designed childhood toys and cannot fill their natural biological roles when having grown up and becoming adults.

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I wonder if children choose them voluntarily

Are they, will they be, allowed to choose for themselves?

BTW, my two daughters, now adults, showed no interest in dolls when growing up. Unfortunately, they spend way too much money on clothes and cosmetics (my opinion). Both are cis-normal females.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

It's going to be a challenging Christmas for Santa Claus this year.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys.

Absolute nonsense, people like this should be kept well away from any platform allowing them to share their stupid beliefs.

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And now guess why women don’t have children later and nursing or care facilities don’t have or find enough personnel in the workforce and why men nowadays don’t innovate technologies at sufficient levels anymore and companies don’t even find skilled MINT staff, for example. Exactly, they are not prepared and given some focus for those important roles in society by those especially designed childhood toys and cannot fill their natural biological roles when having grown up and becoming adults.

What a bunch of non sense.

Gender neutral toys are not even 10 years old so no way it could have any impact on adult life.

If nursing or care facilities have difficulties finding staff is related to working condition : crazy hard, 0 respect, peanuts pay, ... one of the reason of that being some time ago, the idea was (and is still for some it seems) natural for women so no need to give them much money for something easy and enjoyable for them). Interesting in the other that job natural for men were mostly evaluated over other criteria, not necessarily good either.

Society do not lack of people innovating being men or women.

There is no so called natural biological roles to fill when adult.

To have children you need both men and women. Why does some people throw it at women face only ? People do not have children for a lot of reasons including money and that go every potential parent.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Why not teach children about gender equality through the equal treatment of genders in society? That's where they actually learn about it when they get a little older.

Do we really need to dump this issue on small children through their toys?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

First, the term gender equality needs to be defined.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

I wonder if children choose them voluntarily

If the companies that make their business according to the popularity of their product are willing to take that chance that is good enough.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Pathetic

6 ( +7 / -1 )

very pathetic.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Absolute nonsense, people like this should be kept well away from any platform allowing them to share their stupid beliefs.

I am struggling to understand why the editor of a toy industry magazine should be told to shut-up (cancelled) for commenting on the market his magazine represents.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Let the kids do what they want - but let boys be boys and let girls be girls. There are only two genders.

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If toys become gender neutral, it will contribute to an expanding market and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys.

Is there something not equal about a boy's toy, and a girl's toy?

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[...] children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys

This is the most pathetic woke-pandering nonsense I have heard this month, Fujii. Children do not care about gender-nonsense, they also will not "learn" about gender-nonsense from having unisex-designed toys. They either play with the toy or they won't. I'm sorry, but I have to laugh at the idea that we live in an age where we expect children to ponder about gender equality of all things upon playing with their toys.

What even is gender-equality in this context?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

He Man would become They Person, whatever of the Universe

Action Man would be Action Person

'Tis silly

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He Man would become They Person, whatever of the Universe

I think "The Adventures of They Person" have potential, children have made popular much more strange or unusual things over the years so this would be hardly surprising.

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The first part of the sentence I get. This second part though is just BS.

and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys.

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"If toys become gender neutral, it will contribute to an expanding market and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys."

Androgynous dolls and 'action figures'. Somehow this seems way more likely to make the average child confused about their own sexual identity and create a fluid model that sees ANY gender as a potential love interest. Let's see how the Kens and Barbies of our world handle this one... first things to go will be breasts and muscles... hmmm... curiouser and curiouser... time to go talk to the Caterpillar, I think

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What is this insane focus on gender and gender equality? This woke nonsense needs to stop. Let children be children and learn as they mature. We never had this absurdity when I was younger. I learned what I needed to learn, and respect everyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Enough is enough!

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What is this insane focus on gender and gender equality? This woke nonsense needs to stop. Let children be children and learn as they mature. We never had this absurdity when I was younger.

And there also wasn't as much gender equality when you were younger, as there is now.

Your argument essentially boils down to "there were no problems back when there was a gender disparity, so we shouldn't be doing anything to work on one now.*

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Mattel's Ken and Barbie dolls (and others in the series) have been doing it for decades. No genitals, just different faces and hairstyles. That said, this 'woke' sh*t has to stop. It's confusing kids, when their gender, at least to them, is not a political plaything.

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