Monday, September 28, 2009

REINFORCING STEREOTYPES

On Friday I went to pick up a Birthday present for our friend Michelle’s daughter. Little Raven was turning three so it was fun to go shop in the toy department. Not that I‘m not there on a regular bases buying DC action figures. (They’re action figures, damn it!)

Fuzzy came home as I had a toy vacuum cleaner on the dinning room table getting ready to be wrapped.
“You got her a vacuum cleaner? Doesn’t that reinforce feminine stereotypes and a woman’s role in society?” Fuzzy questioned.

“It’s never to early for her gay uncles to build life lessons, like the number one rule in life, the best thing to have in this world is a named-brand vacuum.”

Fuzzy rolled his eyes and turned towards the kitchen.

Taken aback that he didn’t agree with my take on fostering the youth in our lives, I continued, “When I was a three year old girl, I would loved a play upright vacuum cleaner.”

Fuzzy turned his head. “Don’t you mean IF you were a three year old girl?”

“Crap.” I quietly continued to wrap the damn present.

9 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

LOL. Don't feel too bad. I wanted one too! And, don't even get me started on the Easy Bake Oven.

Howard said...

My parents never would get me an easy-bake oven, so I used the real one instead to make desserts. Showed them. HA!

Wonder Man said...

Hey I wanted the Barbie doll dream house.

But don't feel bad, your heart was in the right place

Dead Robot said...

Feminists have ruined house cleaning for EVERYONE!

bigislandjeepguy said...

hahaha. i laughed out loud at the "name brand vacuum" reference. i frickn' LOVE our dyson!

Damien NZ said...

U crack me up.

Got you all beat - I had ALL the Star Wars figures / vehicles / Death Star AND kleptomaniacally stole most of my cousins barbies and their gowns.

I was never interested in the pants suit or the bikini's - I wanted glamour.

The Mutant said...

I used to put my Barbie dolls into my Tonka trucks. Those girls were the hottest construction crew on the block, with their sequined dresses and hard hats.

Gender stereotypes you say - what the fuck are they? The only think I learnt from my childhood was that glamour girls (like the one I grew into) can work hard and play hard.

Damien NZ said...

Mutt - you are most glamorous indeed.

Freddyeyes said...

HA! I love that you got her that! It's SO You! Mike's gonna be PISSED though! HAHA! :::crosses vaccuum off the list for Raven's Bday:::::