Gendered Toys

Various studies in sociology, psychology, and economics have shown toys for children are becoming increasingly gendered.  The toys children play with can shape their development and future interests.  Other studies have shown children prefer to play with toys marked for their gender.

The television show The Weekly covered the topic of gendered toys. If you have a VPN you can watch the following clip; if not it can be found here.  Update: Rey will not be added.



George Herbert Mead outlines the development of the self as starting in an “Imitation” stage.  In these three clips, small children are seen imitating the acts of those around them.  At this stage the children are not aware of the meaning of their actions, the roles they are taking on, or the relationship between the roles.


Sharing the Second Shift

The second shift references that women face inequality in the home after facing it in their workplaces.  The relative amount of housework women do has gone down, but their share has remained significantly higher than men’s.   Data from the 2015 America Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows men average 1 hour and 25 minutes per day of housework while women average 2 hours and 15 minutes.

In this commercial for laundry detergent from India, which has one of the largest gender housework gaps, a father promises to begin to “Share the Load.”  The commercial ends with the words “Why is laundry only a mother’s job?”