So I'm sure you have heard the news.
Target USA are removing gendered signage from their toy and bedding department, and the world is about to collapse into all out chaos. Or something like that. Apparently lots of people are pretty terrified by this change.
Which, btw has absolutely nothing to do with gay rights, or a gay agenda. It is also not, political correctness gone mad. I have been following this issue for about 6 years now. Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, who have been a big influence in people's questioning of gender limitations, was one of the first blogs I started following. It's founder, often talks about how "once you see it (the gendered marketing of childhood) you can't unsee it"
So after reading some, quite frankly hysterical, posts attacking Target over the last few days, I wondered if there was a way to rip people's blinder's off, so they can see the real issue, instead of the issues they wrongly assume this is about. Other people understand the true cause of the change, but don't get why it is necessary or important. You know all those "there are real issues in the world" commenters. (news flash: people can care about more than 1 thing at a time) Unfortunately, I don't have the resources to set up one of those social experiment videos, and my photoshop skills are non-existent. So the best I can do is try to explain in writing.
So this is what the adult world would be like if all stores and all departements mimicked the old system at target.
I looked at these kids and wondered, when was the last time I saw a mixed age group of kids playing together? Even the 30 something OSCHA kids who were at the pool the previous time we were there were within a year of each other. Which made me think, well, why!? What is it about outside school hours care that needs the kids to be segregated by age? And if they are segregated by age even then, in their holidays, do they ever get to play with kids of different ages?
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