Some adults (Toby Young) might dismiss this as silly, they are wrong. Toys for children can be organised in by age range, by size or the Dewey Decimal system, but not by gender. To tell a small child what they can and can’t play with is just as stupid as the fictional short story Young trots out about by Saki to prove how futile a more neutral sorting of toys would be.
Ok but think of the parents! Young warns us that, “Henceforth, dads looking for Scalextric and mums searching for My Little Pony will just have to wander aimlessly around the shop's five floors until they stumble across them”
Are fathers with daughters exempt from shopping or something? Taking away a ‘girls’ and a ‘boys’ sign for toys doesn’t mean Hamleys is now some kind of orienteering course, the toys are still organised in themes. If you still find that too hard might I suggest online shopping?
Get ready Toby, this is just the start. First children’s toys, next the media’s favourite Christmas season page filler, Gifts for Her and Gifts for Him. When can we adults have present ideas sorted by type and not sex?
As with supposed ‘boys toys’ I often find myself looking wistfully at what presents are recommended for men. Exciting gadgets, books, cocktail shakers and fancy beer is, according to various Sunday supplements NOT for ‘her’. Gifts for Her pages tend to consist of mini disco mirror balls (every year, why?), Ugg boots and an epilator.
I’d rather a Scalextric thank-you very much.