And then as I continued to scroll down, my heart dropped with an almost audible sitcom trombone chorus - You know the one... wah wah waah waaaaah. About six or seven lines down, we get to the inevitable. Cars and action figures for boys, dolls and jewellery for girls.
Can we step out of our boxes for a minute and consider the fact that some little girls just might enjoy playing with cars? Or maybe there are little boys that enjoy playing with dolls?
I know many people will jump up with "But My Daughter LIKES dolls! My Son Likes Trucks! They wouldn't WANT to play with trucks/dolls!" That's awesome. Really, it is.
Your kid is not EVERY kid.
How many kids out there aren't getting what they would really like for Christmas because lists like these reinforce gender stereotypes that dictate what toys are appropriate for what gender? I'm not even going to get into the assumption of a gender binary here, because people tend to lose their shit when faced with the suggestion that a kid may be anything more than all-boy or all-girl.
What I wonder is why the creator of this image couldn't have amalgamated these items into one list and done away with the unnecessary gendering of sunglasses, jewellery, Nerf Guns and Barrels of Monkeys?
Speaking as a former little girls I, for one, LOVED Barrel of Monkeys. It was a goddamned barrel of FUN.
UPDATE: So last night I posted a comment on the blog where this image originally came from asking, very diplomatically, why split the list into boys/girls, since parents clearly would already know whether their kids were into dolls or trucks, regardless of gender. I wish I had taken a screen cap, because I went back to see if there was a response and my comment has been deleted. I followed up, although I doubt my response will garner a response.
There's also a disclaimer at the top of the blog now asking not to leave harsh comments regarding the splitting of the lists into boys/girls. That may or may not have been there before I commented. I hadn't really paid attention, so if it was already there, my bad.