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Decision takes some of the fun out of toys
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Forsyth County News

One of the big box retail chains recently decided to remove labeling for “girl” toys and “boy” toys so as not to offend anybody. The politically correct movement continues.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for little girls playing with G.I. Joes and boys playing with Barbie dolls, if that is what they want to do.

I played with G.I. Joes when I was a little girl. I didn’t have any Ken dolls to be Barbie’s boyfriend because my brothers said Ken was a wimp. I was embarrassed to ask for a Ken doll, even though I secretly thought he was quite handsome.

As it turned out, my Barbie dolls preferred a more masculine military man anyway. So did I — and married Paul, an Air Force veteran.

I wonder what G.I. Joe looks like now? Does he get manicures and pedicures? I wonder if he is even allowed to carry a gun?

Since we have two daughters and two sons, I feel I can speak to the toys and games girls and boys typically enjoy most.

Our boys loved Legos, cars, boats, trucks, sports figures, dinosaur figures, blocks, balls and anything that remotely resembled a gun. If they didn’t have any guns, sticks were a great stand-in.

Our daughters loved dolls, animal figures, anything American Girl Doll-like, Barbies, horses, doll houses, books, stuffed animals, Beanie Babies (remember those?) and arts and crafts.

I am glad I didn’t have to include tablets and cell phones on the list — although as they grew up, computers did play a bigger role — but toys and playing interactively was always the bulk of how they spent their free time.

We never lectured our children about what toys they should or should not play with, unless it was a safety hazard.

I don’t think stores need to worry about our children knowing what toys they want to play with. I really think children will gravitate toward what they want to play with and signs are of no particular importance.

What is with the obsession of making boys and girls the same? I like being a woman the same amount that my husband likes being a man.

I don’t understand why he enjoys working on cars and getting oil on his hands any more than he understands why I am happiest spending an entire day in the kitchen cooking.

I wish society would celebrate our male and female differences instead of trying to encourage all of this gender sameness.

Just because I like girly girl things, doesn’t mean I am not as “smart” or as “capable” as a man. Besides, some of us female types love when men open doors for us, and behave as that “traditional” man of what often feels like it is from yesteryear.

One last thing, all of this gender talk is going to be confusing to young children. I wish we could just let children be children and enjoy the relatively brief time they have without adult-type worries and problems.


Longtime Forsyth County resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at