I am honestly not sure which is more newsworthy, the fact that a group of Swedish sixth graders are accusing Toys R Us of reinforcing damaging notions of gender roles, or the fact that the accusation is based on a two year long study of the effects of gender roles that the students have been undertaking.
I don’t know about you but I don’t remember anything of that sort from my sixth grade experience. Is this their idea of a social science project? What other projects are they embarking on? Developing a nuclear fusion reactor? Creating a probe to analyze the martian surface? Were falling way behind!
According to the youngsters, the Toys”R”Us Christmas catalogue featured “outdated gender roles because boys and girls were shown playing with different types of toys, whereby the boys were portrayed as active and the girls as passive”, according to a statement from Ro.
The group’s teacher explained to the local Smålandsposten newspaper that filing the complaint was the culmination of more than two years of “long-term work” by the students on gender roles.
One boy from the class commented:
“Small girls in princess stuff…and here are boys dressed as super heroes. It’s obvious that you get affected by this.”