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A Comparison Of The Sexist Toys In America's Society?

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“Mom! Dad!” said the little boy kicking back sand with his heel as he ran toward the couple sitting on the beach. He had a blue life vest on, and was so excited to show his discovery of a crab to his parents. While not far away another boy floated in the water on his own with nobody near and no life vest on. These observations show the differences in parenting styles, one being more protective while another family let their son wander on their own. These parenting styles all started from the very beginning before the children were even born. Clothes and toys have the first effect on children. Their sex is stated by American culture by their toys and clothing. For example, when girls are babies they are already wearing outfits with crowns on…show more content…
I found one toy specifically, which effected my opinion about the sexist toys in America’s society today. In the girl’s toy section I noticed a vanity set for girl’s whose ages ranged from three and up. I was shocked to think girls are trying to change their appearance that young. Another thing I noticed which I was shocked by was that vanity set was the only one available on the shelf, while the other dolls were all still available along with the puzzle games. I interested me to see what things were out of stock and which items were still available on shelves. And this also reminded me of the reading in Chapter 6 of The Anthropology of Childhood, when they spoke about children imitating their parents, but more specifically the Mehinacu playing a game formed around jealousy. (p.232, The Anthropology of Childhood,…show more content…
But at the beach, I felt it was easier to sit back and watch the parents and children playing. I felt as though, I shouldn’t judge the parenting styles because I remember when I was younger and how my mom’s parenting looked different from an outsider’s perspective. Also since I was raised around a mixed culture of people, I think you shouldn’t judge until you fully understand the situation. I found the observations interesting though and helped me see how children’s life styles have evolved since I was