Perpetually Peeved

Egads, even the Pepto is pink!

The other night, I was taking Smalls into Toys -R -Us to get another Department of Torture Electronic Mini-Operative Zhu Zhu Pet.  Yes, I know they drive me insane, but what drives me more insane is the whining Smalls was doing before I bribed her to stop with another Zhu Zhu Pet.  So, off to the toy store because somehow a child who can “forget” she needs to throw her dirty clothes in the hamper within two seconds of mommy telling her to, can remember an arbitrary promise/bribe that was made weeks ago.

After stopping to pick up some flip flops, a SpongeBob lollipop and a lightsaber, I decided to just ask an associate where the little electric rodents were located.

Me: Excuse me, Sir. Where are the Zhu Zhu Pets? (Because I’m running out of hands and I’m gonna be flat broke by the time I get past the checkout if you leave me to my own devices.)

ToyGuy: They are right over here.  Wait, do you want the girl ones or the boy ones?

Me: No, they’re just hamsters.  I mean, they’re not made for boys or girls.

ToyGuy: The regular ones and the babies are in the girl section, the ones in the boy section are like ninjas and stunt hamsters.

Really? The toy company obviously never met Smalls.  Because, let me tell you, she has a mean drop-kick!



This whole gender segregation is totally out of hand.  If you look at a sales ad for Toys – R – Us, everything associated with “domesticity” is being modeled by girls.  Babies, Barbies, animals, kitchens…  You will never see a boy modeling a kitchen – a grill, maybe, but not a kitchen.  You will also never see a boy with a babydoll.  Just like you will never see a girl playing with a car or a dinosaur.  Even Legos, which should be unisex and universal have segregated the toys to market pink house and horse sets to girls and blue house and helicopter (?) sets to boys.

LEGO® Pink Brick Box (5585) - LEGO® bricks in beautiful colors! Build a house, a pony, or anything else you can imagine with this special box filled with LEGO bricks in colors you love and elements like fences, windows, doors and flowers!

Following the included instructions and using pieces in the starter kit, kids can build a house, helicopter, dog, and car.

This gender segregation continues even as we get older.  Mother’s Day rolls around and what are the ads for?  With the exception of jewelry, most of the wares they are pushing consist of things for the house.  Get Mom a photo apron or a set of coasters.  Buy her a new vacuum, a photo frame, a coffee mug or a cookbook.  And, what to get Dad this year for Father’s Day?  Hmm… grilling tools, a brew-your-own beer kit, fishing gear, golf clubs, power tools…   Actually, they do make power tools for Mom too…  and golf clubs…  and fishing gear…

Just search for “XYZ for women” – I’ll bet you a beer (YES, WOMEN DRINK BEER), it will come up pink.  It’s enough to make a girl nauseated.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dad’s out there.  Hope you get a hand painted masterpiece or a nice picture of you with your kids (the kind of stuff you should be getting on this occasion).  Although, I may just get this for my hubby… what do you think?

7 Comments so far
Leave a comment

As someone who’s avatar has a pink Tshirt… no comment!

PS Did you know that “smalls” is an English English euphemism for ones undergarments?

Comment by davehambo

Well, I was informed by “Smalls” this morning that girls don’t wear underwear, girls wear “panties.” Boys wear “underwear.”

As for your attire, everyone knows real men wear pink. 🙂

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

I worked for Goldwater in 64 campaign. He told us whole government was Pink . And despite MLK’s efforts and subsequent efforts at inclusion, integration, and decompartmentalization of people, American marketing still cultivates stereotypicalityness Yeah, I know last two big words not in dictionary but I’ve decided to become the Thomas Edison of inventive language. The last condo board president we fired( I advocated crucifixion) was named Mr. D. Pink so pinkies and piggies of the world watch out!

Comment by carldagostino

Mr. Pink like in Reservoir Dogs? Why do I have to be Mr. Pink? Classic.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Yeah, the whole pink is for girls and blue is for boys crap really irks me. How are you supposed to raise enlightened children when they are force-fed outdated stereotypes from birth?
And why are there girl tools and boy tools? Do girls screw differently? (okay, don’t answer that) There aren’t girl computers and boy computers, are there? Girl cars and boy cars? It’s frustrating.

Comment by Amy

I’d use and appreciate any of that stuff in any color available. Especially since I have no chance at any of it out here in rural, Southern Spain.

I’d love a pink barbeque tool set. And a pink barbeque if you’re in the mood to ship!

Comment by Scott Oglesby

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: