Genderization of toys has an impact on future career outlook
Xuanxuan, who is 1 year and 3 months old, just learns to walk. He likes watching his brothers and sisters play, and he also likes to play with his little brother’s cars, but the elders say that girls should play with girls’ toys, not boys. Do toys need to be divided into men and women? In everyone’s impression, baby’s toys are often divided into men and women. For example, boys like cars, transformers, dinosaurs, skateboards, etc., while girls should be stuffed toys, Barbie dolls, play toys, etc. But are toys really that important to gender? Generally speaking, children over one year old are not gender-conscious, but only notice that the external characteristics of men and women are somewhat different. Babies can tell their gender accurately when they are more than 2 years old, and they begin to have gender awareness when they are around 3 years old. In other words, it's no big deal that Xuanxuan, who is more than a year old, likes boys' toys, she will be interested in anything interesting. If mom and dad put too much emphasis on the sex of the toy, it may hinder the baby from understanding the world. Since there is gender awareness after the age of 3, is it true that toys are strictly divided into males and females from then on? In fact, it’s not necessary. Gender education does not mean education through toys. Toys should be classified according to their functions, such as building blocks, balls, cars, dolls, etc. Different toys have different ways of playing. Forcibly dividing men and women by judgment will undoubtedly deprive children of fun. Parents need to be aware that excessive emphasis on gendering of toys is not good for future development. According to a study in the United States, girls who love to play with Barbie dolls (typically female images) think that they have less career opportunities in the future than boys, while girls who love Toy Potatoes (neutral toys) believe that they can compete with each other in their careers. Boys are evenly divided. Both boys and girls can play with all toys. Intervention is only necessary when the baby's psychological gender and physical gender are seriously inconsistent.