Gendered ice cream?


Yesterday we were playing at the park when the noisy truck came by.  You know.  The truck that plays tinny music and sells concoctions only a child could love.  (Yes, we got away with calling it the noisy truck for many moons…)  Akiva asked and we said yes.  He ordered a popsicle in the shape of a Bratz doll.  I don’t know that he has ever seen the show.  Certainly not under my roof.  (Is it a show?  Or just a toy?  Is anything just a toy anymore?)  He was swayed by the picture of three cute girls on the packaging.  He was eating it and playing with some neighborhood kids he didn’t know well, when one of them started teasing him and saying he was a girl because he had a girl ice cream.

Give me an ever-lovin’ break.  Seriously.


3 thoughts on “Gendered ice cream?

  1. fwiw, the obsession with “correct” gender roles , and discomfort when people break the “rules” is something most kids go through around the age of six or so – it is part of figuring out their own gender identities. They grow out of it again in a couple of years and become a lot more comfortable with non-stereotypical gender roles. 🙂

  2. wisekaren

    I hope he doesn’t turn into a slut. I’m just saying.

    BTW, Bratz books will no longer be offered by Scholastic, according to today’s Times. One tiny step for womankind.

  3. anna v

    Naomi, you owe it to yourself to check out the full fantastic sluttiness of the Bratz dolls. Just saying ;).

    They are truly astounding. And not in a good way.

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