Biased Books And Toys

For children, gender inequality and equality might start with the type of toys and books they are allowed to read and play with as they grow up. They rely on their parents and caregivers around them to help form different perceptions of the world. This means we should be careful with our behavior around children.

The big question is How do toys and books influence biases in kids?

1)Very young children are normally chosen the type of toys they play with by their parents. For example, if you are a boy, you are given a toy car while a girl will be given a doll. They get used to their toys and stereotype them as being for girls only or boys only. But sometimes girls get away with playing with boys’ toys, society is not as lenient to boys as the same. Boys are not allowed to play with dolls because they might be too girlish. This can affect the way the child sees the world and when he grows up, he can do the same to his children.

2)It is easier to teach children with storybooks and picture books because of the picture and mysteries in the story. If the story is biased, then the child will feel like it is right to be biased and it is the best thing. When I was younger, I didn’t know I was reading biased storybooks. I still remember one of the storybooks that were about a poor sculptor who became rich on his own and when he became rich, he never hired a servant to help her wife and never gave her a cent for appreciation.

How can we make sure toys and books are for everyone?

Comments (74)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    31 Mar 2022

    A really important question to ask, rational_grape. Have you heard of https://www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk/? It might be worth a look to see what's already being done.

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      Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2022

      I searched for this site and found that it is a site dedicated to games, as I read some of what they wrote on their site as an introduction to them, as they believe that playing is a very important part of a child’s development and that playing may help in forming some long-term ambitions.

      They also said that when games are divided into "boys" and "girls" or by pink and blue, they risk limiting the interests of the children.

    2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Apr 2022

      We can reduce bias in books or in general knowledge
      Biases make it difficult for people to exchange accurate information or elicit facts Cognitive bias distorts our critical thinking, resulting in the potential for persistent misconceptions or misinformation that can harm others Biases lead us to avoid information that may be unwelcome or Uncomfortable, instead of investigating information that might lead us to a more accurate conclusion, biases can also cause us to see patterns or connections between ideas that don't necessarily exist.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    31 Mar 2022

    The distinction between girls' and boys' toys is due to preconceptions and deep-rooted social traditions. In the nursery, the child finds himself confronting these social norms. There are games for girls (doll, kitchen utensils, doll, baby model...) while the games for boys are railway, garage, and assembly games.
    Does male or female development lead to the formation of the brain a certain way? Males and females are not born genetically and hormonally identical, and this difference pushes the brain development process in each into a different path than the other.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    31 Mar 2022

    Although the differences between males and females are clear, are boys, for example, more aggressive versus girls more affectionate? Or do we just expect them to be? Are the real differences between the sexes born with the child from birth, or are they formed according to the environment around him, which is represented in us?

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    31 Mar 2022

    I like the fact that every single detail makes sense in our world. To make sure toys are for everyone, we can mix in every toy and book what is related to both genders, let's take an example colors we can put in them for example blue and pink colors t be like they are for the two genders. Concerning toys the same idea, we could add in a toy what's related to both genders, let's take an example cars toys, in every box of these toys there are somethings that are added related to these two genders, let's take an example cars toys, in every box of these toys, girly cars that are colored pink with flowers and barbie paint might be there, and same for boys, batman paints or anything a boy prefers can be on these cars

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      amazing_reflection's comment 03 Apr 2022

      It is true that games can be combined between the sexes without prejudice to either of them, and both sexes can enjoy these games without this having an effect on their being specific to a particular gender.

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    01 Apr 2022

    We can make sure that games and books are suitable for everyone by censoring game makers and book authors for the absence of any bias, making books and games available to everyone, and distributing pamphlets or pamphlets that explain what games and books are.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    What you say is true, that in some families prejudice spreads greatly, as they do not treat their children equally and distinguish between girls and boys. In terms of entertainment, it is rare to allow a girl to play with what she wants only in specific things, but the boy is free to choose, and also on the one hand Education If the family is not able to educate both children and has the ability to teach one of them, then it will choose the boy thinking that he is the best and the smartest and the one who can do everything. In the future, the girl’s self-confidence may weaken due to the lack of interest in her from her childhood, and people around her may move away thinking that she is a failure, all because of the prejudice in her family. Do you have solutions to eliminate this prejudice in families???, and do you have other examples of prejudice In the family?? And are there other effects???

  • British Council.jpg noble_world | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    We can verify that the toys that children buy do not contain any kind of racism, how ? We can say that racism is a doctrine that bring about the superiority of one group over groups. There are some companies that make games that distinguish one character from another,such as a brown character from a white one, and we can verify that the games that children buy do not contain any kind of racism of books as well, that there is no discrimination of one character from another, or that the books do not plant arrogance on Black people or others by reading the book before we hand it to the children and to teach the children that racism is something wrong and dangerous for societies and does not allow its development, and schools can also carry out activities against racism because this implants in the hearts of children kindness and respect because difference is a normal thing and allows the development of society.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg generous_blueberry | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think boys and girls can do what they want, they can have what books and toys you want no matter what gender or race you are and nobody should judge you on that

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg peaceful_elderberry | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think boys and girls should be able to do the same thing. When I was around 3-4 all of the "boy" things e.g. toy cars ect. only had boys in them. Also the "girl" things would have jewellery and makeup. Boys and girls can like the same thing.

  • British Council.jpg honorable_earth | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    To make toys and books for everyone, this needs a deep thinking and accurate study or research to reach the best solutions. From my humble point of view, I think that this can be learnt at the very early stages of children's lives at school or at home or through parents with the help of special educational specialists in upbringing issues. This means having a generation that is raised on equality and no biases between males and females. So regarding the toys, the companies of toys can market toys in a way that is attractive for both males and females. This can be done through using colors and designs that indicate both sexes. For example you can find a girlish car " pink color with Barbie inside, or a boyish doll with colors like blue. Regarding the books, the family can choose for their kids the stories that suit them taking into consideration equality. Libraries or puplish institutions can take extra fees or taxes on books that are biased or call for unequality intentionally or unintentionally

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      honorable_earth's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Are there such thing as colours that are more attractive for males and females?

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        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2022

        Yes, there are colors that attract men and women, and the colors that attract women are:
        Black Color
        Black is considered the master of colors. It is true that this color hides one's flaws, but it gives women a special charm and a mixture of elegance, sophistication and mystery. It is no wonder, then, that most dresses are black for formal occasions.

        You will find that red always comes on top of the attractive colors at all, as it is one of the most eye-catching colors, and one of the most attractive colors for men and women alike, followed by orange, and yellow

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          appreciative_pear's comment 04 Apr 2022

          Can you provide us with evidence of these statements, appreciative_pear?

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg innovative_snow | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Some things are actully for boys and girls but like cars anyone can drive/play with cars if they want to. Now our days the sports have changed into both genders but a couple of years ago, like football was a boy sports. When i was younger i played with cars it didnt mean i didnt like them they were just the things my parents bought me when i was younger . When you get older you dont really play with toys because you might have a phone and you text your friends all day but if you dont have a phone you would like play outside the front of your house .

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      innovative_snow's comment 01 Apr 2022

      When you say some things are actually for boys and girls, what do you mean? I can't think of any!

      1. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2022

        Good!
        I think it means that there are things that are suitable for boys and girls, for example in the colors blue suits boys and pink suits girls!

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg helpful_recipe | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think there shouldn't be any bias books and toys because boys and girls can do what ever they want to do and the girls and boys can chose what they want to do

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg decisive_fox | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Hi i'm Decisive fox and I think this is really bad( The bias ) so thats why I think the should stop! I doesn't really matter how you look it's how you feel. When I was young I used to dress up in dresses because I did't care how people thought about me and I was thinking about my self and how I felt. When I was young and going round my grand parents house I would run upstairs to go play with the doll house with my sister and have lots of fun. What i'm trying to say here is that I want to this bias to stop and it doesn't matter how you look it's how you feel.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg fabulous_passionfruit | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think that there shouldn't be any bias book because if a girl likes cars and she reads a bias book and it said this page is for boys and it contains cars, the girl might give up the things that she likes which is like "boys stuff". Which I think is bad because girls are allowed to like things that they like.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg warm_harp | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I disagree with saying boys like blue and cars and that girls like pink and dolls because it is not true!
    I think that when your younger your parents will give you like football things if your a boy and if your a girl you get like dresses!
    But I think that kind of spreads the bias through out your lives because I think if that is how your treated at a younger age that might follow you in your life and that might be how you end up treating your kids and I think that is how bias starts.

  • British Council.jpg nice_coconut | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    The dolls we give our children and the traits we attribute to them can have along-lasting impact on lives their?Give the stereo types prevailing in many societies around the world about the qualities behaviors and traits that boys 👦 and girls 👧 should have from a young age ,it is not difficult to understanding the roots of these ideas. Actually these early impressions in choosing their dolls reflect their future in choosing the suitable career according to their hobbies and what they want?.In my point of view, l think the child's society is playing the major role in child's behavior and his career in the future even the environmental atmosphere effects deeply on the child character . Dear Tom l think you may dis agree with me but I think if there is a conflict or awar like what happens between lsrail and Palestine and also the war between Acrinea and Russia all these are effecting on children's behavior they will prefer to choose dolls like guns 🔫 and also if you ask any child there what your favorite career in the future? I will challenge you that most of them prefer to be a soldiers. Finally,thank you very much because you give me the chance to explain my opinion .

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg generous_blueberry | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think this bias is very wrong but i noticed that when i was younger (3-4) all the girl things had makeup and dresses etc but for the boys it was cars and football/sports but all of this is nonsence.All boys and girls should do what they want and nobody should be prejudice about that.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg introspective_wildcat | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I dont agree when it says that girls like pink and boys like blue when i was 5 as a girl i when through phases were i loved cars and my favorite coulor was blue and green and when i go into a shop there are always girls on makup boxes and boys were on cars and trucks . When parents find out their baby gender they buy biased stuff to do with the gender . What i find crazy is when you walk/drive past builders there always boys and it never makes sense to me. When i see a boy in a dress and a girl in a football kit it makes me smile :)

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      introspective_wildcat's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Thank you for sharing your opinion so honestly!

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        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 09 Apr 2022

        Hello, I am a girl who loves to play video games and I have bought many CDs, CDs and Playstation to play what I used to play with my brother, my dad always takes us to buy all the computer supplies
        My mother and some of my relatives were against the idea of ​​girls playing computer games like boys

      2. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 11 Apr 2022

        As trivial as it may seem, I think that the issue of bias in toys could have very negative consequences in shaping the mindsets and overall personality of children around the world. Looking at at the issue through objective lens, the production of gender specific books and toys limits the interests of children thereby building the imaginary world between what can be classified as male or as female. I feel that the effect of gender specific toys is more evident in boys although it isn't any less than in girls. I have a personal experience regarding this issue: When I was younger ,I was more inclined towards action figures due to the mental engineering of the society and this ended up patriarchal tendencies in me because I thought, "Action figures are so much cooler than barbie dolls and I play with action figures so I'm most definitely cooler than someone who doesn't play with them" and I'm sure my female peers at that time shared similar thought with me which is not at all good. Due to the assigning of certain toys to males and other to females, the benefits that could be derived form both "male" and "female" toys are missed out by many children around the world. Let me give a short example: Boys are stereotyped to be less caring than girls but if they kept dolls during their developmental stages, they would learn the virtue of being able to take care of others through their practice with dolls instead of spending most of their time on "male" inclined toys.

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          strong_bird's comment 11 Apr 2022

          This has been copied from another student therefore your account has been deactivated.

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      introspective_wildcat's comment 01 Apr 2022

      What you say is true, I am a girl who loves green. My favorite hobby is playing with boys. When I wanted to buy clothes, I asked my mother to have me one of the boys' clothes. In fact, I was buying pants and a T-shirt. I'm glad I have the clothes I want and my mom didn't object to itAnd she was the one who bought me those clothes and some blame her for doing it because I'm a girl and I should only wear girls' clothes.

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        willing_imagination's comment 04 Apr 2022

        Thank you for sharing this and showing how you break down stereotypes in your own life!

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg comfortable_lute | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think this mostly happens with young children because they don't always choose for themself and grow up they get used to that and think it is ok to do that when it isn't.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg ethical_goji | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    On this topic of biased books and toys, I do really think that this should really change. There should not be a place just for girls and a place just for boys, people can't be said to like the same thing . People can like different things and the world would not be the same if everyone is like a copy of each other, there would just never be anything to talk about. Girls and boys can like anything they want to like and they don't have to be forced to like the "stereotypical" boy or girl. Why do they (girls or boys) have just be just one thing, I just hope that people do change this bias.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg alert_yuzu | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    There are books that represent a non-bias footprint. For example, 'The boy in a dress' is very good book for this. It doesn't have the stereotypical thing of 'Girls wear dresses and boys were shorts and hoodies'. More authors should write books like this. If boys were to walk in a girls shoes or the opposite. Then you would find yourself possibly doing the things you would do regularly, except some things might be denied access/ not allowed to do because of that gender. Girls are starting to do more 'Boy' things, though boys are starting to do 'Girl' things. Overall, there should be no difference, boys should be free to do mostly anything, the same with girls.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg quirky_glockenspiel | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    It's sadly true if someone is expecting a baby most of the time they are either wanting a boy to teach it 'how to be a man' or excited to have a girl so they can go to spas, teach them hair and makeup and see them in the most beautiful dresses. When I was younger I got Barbies but I asked my mum to get me a football immediately she realised that she had been bias and went and got me a football. To some people's surprise I picked a blue ball. People are SO wrong to be bais it really surprises me that some people think that there are 'girls things' and 'boy things'. It needs to stop.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      quirky_glockenspiel's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Thank you for sharing this story from when you were younger, to help support your point!

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      quirky_glockenspiel's comment 06 Apr 2022

      Very good view points I understand what you mean about the “manly” and spas, hair and makeup stuff. I think it is amazing that you wanted a blue ball and instantly made that choice! Well done for noticing that and thank you for sharing that story!

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg dynamic_guitar | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Bias is am influence on you from a verry young age.

    When I was younger people in adverts wer either girls or boys e.g. barby was verry girly and pink whilst transformers was mainly boyish and blue.

    I think that boys should be in girls adverts and girls should be in boys adverts.
    Also teaching is a feminine dominated job but p.e teachers are mainly boys.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      dynamic_guitar's comment 02 Apr 2022

      Perhaps this is true, but do you know why females dominate education more, because the man does not consider that this work is suitable for him, he thinks that it is women's work. I don't know if his opinion was caused by prejudice or not realizing the importance of his presence in this profession. Or perhaps he sees himself as the strongest elsewhere, not in education.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg comfortable_lute | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think it is mostly bias in shops there are boys aisle(like blue or vehicles) and girls aisle (pink)

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg great_wasp | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I belive that this bias does exist but is not the best thing as it can change peoples lifes.This bias is usaully caused because quite a few parents give girls dolls,dresses,stuffed animals and boys usaully get given footballs,cars and tracksuits. Now this doesn't mean you have to follow this bias because you have your own intrests and everyone likes something diffirent.Something else that can change your opinions is books.Books quite a lot of books can change opinions like "girly" books which usaully inclued princesses and "boyish" books usualy include monsters.Don't forget everyone has a bias and its not something to be ashamed of.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg selfassured_whale | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Bias is wrong. Biased books and toys are wrong. Boys can play with barbie dolls. Girls can play with cars for example. I am a girl but I like doing "boys things" along with "girl things". I don't like that there are books "for girls" and "for boys". Also most of my friends have male PE teachers while most of the teachers for other subjects are female. If I was in charge of the whole world, I would tell people to live in a world with no bias or discrimination. No saying girls like dolls and ballet. No saying boys like football and cars. No more stereotypes! We should all be equal no matter gender, race or nationality.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg enigmatic_elderberry | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    The bias is getting a bit less when children are babies or kids because some people when they find out the gender they wait till the babies born to get the main amount of toys and clothes to see what they would like but others when they find out the gender if the baby is a girl then they would buy dolls, pink things,"girly things" but if it was a boy then they would buy football things, blue things,"boyish things". This is from what I know this is fading although it will proberly still take over 5ish years to go completely since people can be very stuben to it. Books can get children to become a bit more bias because the title could be "104 colouring pictures for girls" or "scavening hunt for boys" other books are not as bias and aim for boys and girls.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg straightforward_weasel | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Unfortunatly, I think that girls like more "boys" toys and books. Stereotypically boys are mainly taught to be manly and tough. Girls also because girls, again stereotypically, have been seen as "soft" and not being able to stand up for themself. Why i think girls like more "boys things" is because girls have seen things boys have done and want to do it to. Boys dont really do "girly" things because most "girly things" are pink and pink is a soft colour and would feel embarrassed about doing "girly things"because they are tough and manly. I hate this because girls and boys should be able to do, play with and read anything they want. I think this should stop!

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      straightforward_weasel's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Strong words! What do you think is the first step to making it stop?

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        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Apr 2022

        In order to change this, the idea that men are responsible for women must be changed. We are now in a mixed world with many transformations. The components of this change must be highlighted. A man has no right to make a woman a target, and he has to wrestle with them to remain under his tutelage. Now that we have a doctor, an engineer, a judge, and other professions for women. It's time for everyone to become independent while preserving each individual's personality

      2. HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg straightforward_weasel | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 06 Apr 2022

        I think the first step for making bias stop is maybe advertising that bias should stop and giving reasons and things that people might not be able to know they’re doing, or maybe making it clear to people that it’s ok to like “girly” things or “boyish” things. Another way of making it sure bias stops is maybe having a day dedicated to non bias, unless there is then we as school kids don’t know about it and don’t learn about it, day where kids learn about how to stop bias and talk about it and try and make a change! Like I said I believe strongly this should stop and I also believe that one day there will be no such thing as girls things and boy’s things!

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          straightforward_weasel's comment 07 Apr 2022

          A great idea! Should it be just a day, or more than that?

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Apr 2022

    Yes I understand what you are actually trying to say rational_grape, I mean how would you feel and react if your daughter said she is interested in car mechanics and your son said he wanted to be a make-up artist? Like if fathers are more in touch with their emotions when communicating with their daughters, it is a wonderful thing. But can they do the same with their sons too, it is literally an endless list. In the aspect of toys I feel gender specific toys are very obvious from the color to even the packaging, girls either have a pink or purple package and boys either a green or blue. This makes them to be conditioned in some type of way, as they start to grow up they realize that boys are more favored than girls. Even before children are born they but clothes according to the gender. Even when it comes to which chores the kids will be doing. Domestic chores such as, doing the dishes or folding the laundry is going to go to a young girl rather than a boy. Often young boys are giving more masculine chores such as, taking out the garbage.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Apr 2022

    I am not sure we can stop authors from making bias books but then I think parents should guide and restrict their children from reading bias books because what children learn right from when they are young is what they grow up to belief. The books and toys they use right from when they are young tend to shape and influence their mindset about being bias. It is believed that "pink toys are for girls and blue toys are for boys", "super hero toys are for boys and princess toys are for girls". I think that toys and books should not be stereotyped to a particular gender, also books and toys that are bias should not be released to the society and if it is released it should not be sold to the society.

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Apr 2022

    As trivial as it may seem, I think that the issue of bias in toys could have very negative consequences in shaping the mindsets and overall personality of children around the world. Looking at at the issue through objective lens, the production of gender specific books and toys limits the interests of children thereby building the imaginary world between what can be classified as male or as female. I feel that the effect of gender specific toys is more evident in boys although it isn't any less than in girls. I have a personal experience regarding this issue: When I was younger ,I was more inclined towards action figures due to the mental engineering of the society and this ended up patriarchal tendencies in me because I thought, "Action figures are so much cooler than barbie dolls and I play with action figures so I'm most definitely cooler than someone who doesn't play with them" and I'm sure my female peers at that time shared similar thought with me which is not at all good. Due to the assigning of certain toys to males and other to females, the benefits that could be derived form both "male" and "female" toys are missed out by many children around the world. Let me give a short example: Boys are stereotyped to be less caring than girls but if they kept dolls during their developmental stages, they would learn the virtue of being able to take care of others through their practice with dolls instead of spending most of their time on "male" inclined toys.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      motivated_camel's comment 04 Apr 2022

      A very well-explained opinion, motivated_camel!

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    02 Apr 2022

    I liked the idea and I hope everyone benefited 💕🌞

  • British Council.jpg inventive_violin | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Apr 2022

    Unfortunately, there is a clear distinction between females and males, and I hate that because it caused us to be deprived of things we loved to have since our childhood, but we could not, on the pretext that we are female ! For example, it is said that pink is suitable for a female and blue for a male, although blue is my favorite! This discrimination prevented me from buying my toys in my favorite color when I was six years old, and this discrimination did not end at this point! In my country, the male has the right to what the female does not, for example nursing. Here they always say that nursing is suitable for males and not females. These myths are the reason for what we suffer now. Some here are prevented from choosing the specialty they desire. How long will our suffering continue as females? We want equality and this is one of our rights as human beings! We want laws that prevent this discrimination so that we can live as we please and the way we want.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    02 Apr 2022

    Toys and books are for everyone , there can not be toys and books for "BOYS AND GIRLS" everyone can read or have any book or toy they want , if only the society can change their mindset about this whole thing. I believe that gender inequality can be stopped if we all change our mindset and then my parting words are "change begins with me and you".

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    02 Apr 2022

    I love the points you gave rational_grape and I would like to give my own view which is in unison with yours. My view is based on your second point. I totally agree with you that it is easier to teach children with storybooks and picture books because of the picture and mysteries in the story. To me I feel it is true that children learn more with seeing pictures that are quite descriptive, it will intrigue them and create lots of images in their heads. The rhythm and rhyme of picture books makes them easy to understand and fun to read aloud, allowing children to learn words quickly. In addition, reading the same story repeatedly increases vocabulary by 12%. Again, statistics have proved the point that children learn better with pictures. Pictures with colours increase children willingness to read by 80% and comprehension is increased by 95% when using pictures alongside text. To summarise my whole point I strongly feel that storybooks and picture books helps and makes it easier to teach children.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Apr 2022

    You may also find bias in education, as UNESCO warned that gender discrimination is prevalent in textbooks of developing countries, where women are portrayed in negative stereotypes as the owner of machinations and grudges or rosy dreams or other images in exchange for the man with rational thinking and hard work..
    This discrimination against women over time resulted in a violent reaction represented by the emergence of radical feminist movements that consider the female to be better than the male, and these movements began to discriminate against men in Western societies. The influence of these fanatical movements in the West is weak and their presence in Arab society is negligible.
    Whatever the case, in general, sexual discrimination around the world is practiced in most of its cases against the female.

  • British Council.jpg Ain Arik Basic Co-ed School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Apr 2022

    Toys and books teach children to behave in a certain way. they help to shape the identity and notions for the kids. So the parents and caregivers should be very careful when they choose the books they read for the kids even the toys they introduce the kids to. Any idea we plant in our kids minds will stick with them for a lifetime. So we have to change parents behaviors so we can step out of the bias wheel before it takes many more years of waiting.

  • British Council.jpg shining_night | Ain Arik Basic Co-ed School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Apr 2022

    First, When the parents are fully a were so that they choose books and toys correctly for their children ,for example ,one day and they want to bay a toy for their child, it is not wrong if they
    bay a car for her

  • British Council.jpg ingenious_mandarin | Ain Arik Basic Co-ed School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Apr 2022

    IT IS POSSIBLE TO BRING BOOKS APPROP RIATE TO THE AGSE OF THE CHILDREN AND EDUCATE THEM THAT THERE ARE no differences between the males and the females

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      ingenious_mandarin's comment 04 Apr 2022

      Please do not write in capital letters in future!

  • British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Apr 2022

    Why not the Toys be the same for both genders. I think the toys should not be a source of spreadibg bias in young generations. However, while searching about the issue of Bias in Toys, i have noticed two major factors that influence these children:
    1- I found that children's preferences for toys are formed in- partially- before they are born by testosterone hormone. For example, girls who experience hormonal disturbances before they are born, such as high levels of testosterone (male hormones), show a greater interest in playing wagons than other girl toys. Even female monkeys and males also show a preference for toys over others based on their gender , which suggests that something in the carts, balls, and moving parts motivates males's choices on a hormonal basis, distancing them from the toys they preferred during infancy, and pushing them into moving toys, with which they can interact physically.

    2- Children's slight preferences grow to become more evident due to the social environment, especially the parents'  style of raising children.
    Although the parents claim that their method of upbringing is free of gender discrimination, you will find that they impose on their children toys that they deem appropriate for their gender, whether they are males or females

    Contrary to popular thinking, the vast majority of gender differences are not inherent to them. If it is genes and hormones that spark these differences, it is the different cultures and societies in which children grow up that fuel them.

  • British Council.jpg amiable_imagination | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Apr 2022

    Unfortunately, this is a problem that we suffer from.

    I remember that once on Eid, my father bought us toys, and as usual, he gave the car to my brother and the doll to me. I really liked my brother's blue car, and at night we hid under the bed and l told him frankly: I like his car but I was ashamed to ask him in front of My parents, and I was surprised that is the other liked my doll with colorful dresses and cosmetics.... We agreed to exchange toys, and we were very happy about that....

    Problem 1/ is that boys are ashamed of those around them because they play with girls' toys and vice versa.
    2 / Misconceptions about gender discrimination are still present at the parents.I think this shows us that we do gender discrimination, and we don't feel it, which leads to misconceptions that cause gender discrimination over the generations.

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    This is a very important issue reason being that it affects the development and growth of a child. Research has shown that a child at a young age tends to pick up things faster than when mature and at this stage action taken can affect children mentally. From what I have noticed girls tend to read books than boys and as a growing child I also loved reading books especially the ones dealing with mystery and detective issues but the striking part about this is that all the main characters except a few where male especially the detectives and the culprit where mostly women and I always asked my teacher why it was so but no one had a definite answer and I grew up with the mentality that men have deeper reason and are best at critically analysing things until I read the book Nancy Drew.
    About toys Boys tend to play more with objects than girls because they are more active but do you know boys can have dolls even the barbie one but in the production the voice that it uses is feminine and when played with is assumed for a girl even things like power rangers have a male voice but in the movie there where female character even the main character( red ranger) was also played by a female.

    1. avatar.jpg Simon @ The Economist
      incredible_trumpet's comment 04 Apr 2022

      That's interesting, incredible_trumpet. In what way do yiou think playing with different toys affects boys and girlas as they grow up/

      1. British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Simon @ The Economist's comment 05 Apr 2022

        If boys where made to play with dolls and teddy bears I think they will tend to be a little gentle towards things rather than the rough or careless typical boys and if girls where made to play with other types of toys like cars maybe more of them would want to be engineers or architects rather than nurses and other occupations that are feminine.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    When I was much younger my parents did not buy toys for males and females separately. All the toys in the house were for all the boys and girls in the house. For example, girls were not allowed to personalise the toys society viewed as "girlish" such as dolls and boys were not allowed to personalize toys that society views as "boyish" such as armour tanks. We were all entitled to every toy in the house be it a doll, an armoured tank or even building blocks and I think this has helped us, the children in the house in the way we view ourselves. The girls do not feel inferior to the boys and the boys do not feel superior to the girls. When it comes to playing games everyone participates in all the games from "play wrestling", "dollhouse play", "lady cop, male cop" to "It's time for lunch!" as my little sister likes to call it. This type of environment has been beneficial to my siblings and me.

    And so to make sure that toys and books are for everyone so that they can enjoy such an environment, I have a few suggestions:

    1. Enlightenment on how toys and books relate to gender bias should be given. This can be done through the creation of programs on television stations to enlighten parents so that the practice of segregating toys for males and females can stop. I am sure this will work because every parent wants what is best for his/her child. Many parents are not aware of the impact toys and books have in promoting gender bias and so once they are enlightened I believe they will not waste much time in adjusting their ways for the benefit of their children.

    2. The practice of making sure that toys are for everyone should be adopted in play classes for young ones when they are still young. They should be taught that toys are for everyone and that some toys are not meant for boys leaving the rest for girls. Their nannies or play class teachers can encourage the girls to play with other "boyish" toys instead of just restricting themselves to dolls and cookware sets. Then, boys too should be encouraged to play with more"girlish" toys. Once children have this mindset right from their childhood it will go a long way in conditioning their minds of children against gender bias.

    I believe that if these suggestions are implemented, they will go a long way in making sure toys are for everyone and if this is done it will be a good contribution to the fight against gender inequality. #GenderEquality.

  • British Council.jpg glad_sheep | Beitsurik Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Apr 2022

    Yes that is true
    Instead of I liked your topic so much
    good luck

  • British Council.jpg optimistic_speech | Sanour Basic Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    11 Apr 2022

    Yes, correct
    I had previously noticed girls' games, which are {kitchen, baby doll, house}
    and toys for children {cars, planes, railways, etc.}
    When one wants to play with the other's toys, he is rejected and given the toys that suit him
    Children grow up and games become a reality in their prejudiced reality since childhood
    This difference grows between a boy and a girl and directs them down a different path.

  • British Council.jpg affable_revolution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    12 Apr 2022

    We can make sure that toys and books can be made for both gender by mixing what both genders like. For example toys can be made for both gender, if a toy car has a princess driving it it will be alright for both gender. Or if a story book has mixed colours like red, blue, pink, purple it can be acceptable for both gender.

  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Apr 2022

    In fact, I do not think that the game or the book itself can cause prejudice, but from the opinion of mothers and fathers that dolls are better for girls and cars are better for boys, they try to put the right thing in the right place , for example, thin girls prefer fashion and dresses, so Parents buy a doll for the girl, and the children love speed and installation, so the parents bring cars to them, but there are games that both genders participate in, such as puzzels or cooking games, and this is because there are common characteristics, and also these games develop intelligence , and this is a good thing.

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (8).jpg shrewd_bird | Sacred Heart Hammersmith | United Kingdom
    14 Apr 2022

    We all know what stereotype is, but have you ever considered why the stereotype "girls like pink and boys like blue" assigns colour to gender?
    For example, some girls favour blue and some don't like pink at all. Have a think about why those colours are assigned to these spesific genders.

  • Cheam Fields logo content_badger | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    03 May 2022

    I feel like girls and boys can like anything that they want to because just because of our identity doesn't mean that we have to like what we should like.
    Here I will explain...
    When parents find out what gender their baby is going to be, they will probably host a gender reveal party. For this, they will use balloons and make one pink and one blue. Why do they have to use pink and blue? Why not green for girl and purple for boys? Does pink have to be for girls only? Girls can like blue or green or red or even black. Same for boys. It is a bias rule that shouldn't be a thing at all.
    Similarly, for toys because parents expect their children to like the games that are expected of them.
    For boys, they want them to play with cars and PS5's while they might actually want to play with dolls or get girl clothes that they like. For girls, their parents might want to play with barbies and unicorn teddies, while they might actually want to play with cats and darts. This is not fair! Why should children play with what their parents want them to play with? It is their choice and their life. Their parents/guardians cannot change how they thing or what they actually like.
    So, with the two things that I have listed above, do you think that it is fair if children cannot choose what they like and don't like? Also, think about if parents should choose different colours for their gender reveal party and what we should do about it.

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