Without getting into a hot and heavy tirade on why I can do without Barbies, and why I’m going to try and avoid buying them for as long as I can for my daughter…I’ll just redirect you here. Because my fellow Babble blogger Monica Bielanko basically read my mind and wrote everything I would say, but better.
Except for the part about not buying one’s daughter dolls. Abby LOVES baby dolls, all of her own accord. So yes, I fully endorse and support her growing collection of baby dolls.
Just not ones wearing pole dancing gear with eyeliner out to their ears, or ones sporting waists smaller than their heads, absurdly long legs, teensy delicate feet, almond shaped eyes, delicate tiny noses and altogether disproportionate female physical ideals.
Just not those. (And I’m talking about those Brat dolls as well.)
If you need me to explain that one to you and how yes, playing and idolizing (yes, little girls idolize inanimate objects) those sorts of dolls really do affect our daughters’ self esteem, ideas on self-worth and the expectations they put on themselves, if you really can’t be honest with yourself about all of that, then meh. We probably wouldn’t be on the same page about much anyway. Oh man, and here I said I wasn’t going to dooooo this…
and so the world turns.
If I’m preaching to the converted, then welcome to the loathed dark-side my friend! What I do want to do is share with you (if you haven’t already heard about it), the awesome that is this Kickstarter project for a child’s engineering toy (specifically for little girls) that got funded in just 5 days! Clearly, it rocks. Heck, I don’t know anybody (Barbie-lovers included) that wouldn’t think that this product is cool. Except for the fact that it disses said heroine.
Must be that I am not the only one who can do without Barbies and has a few things to say about Princesses. Not hatin’, just sayin’.
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If you have a little girl on your holiday list, why not hook her up with an engineering toy? For girls. Created by Debbie Sterling, a woman hailing from the male-dominated world of engineering, she has this to say on the mission of her newly launched toy company…
“Our mission is to create really fun toys that develop spatial skills and teach basic engineering principles. By designing construction toys from the female perspective, we aim to appeal to a broader audience of children and parents who previously considered engineering a ‘boys club.’ By challenging this stereotype, we hope to inspire more girls like Debbie, like myself, to become engineers. Engineers are solving some of the biggest challenges our society faces. They are critical to the world economy, earn higher salaries and have greater job security. And they are 89% male. We believe engineers can’t responsibly build our world’s future without the female perspective. We are here to bring the female voice into engineering.”
Perhaps the most valuable way for me to truly introduce this great toy (and initiative) to you is by showing you this video.(Remember that the kick-starter goal was already met and that the company is fully launched with a warehouse and the toys are in production for the holidays!)
So what do you think? Cool beans huh?
More Babbles From Selena…
- Family Holiday Traditions? You Bet.
- a Work at Home Mom’s Guide to Financial Freedom. Yes really. Give or take.
- On Making Magic For Your Toddlers This Season: (you get to make up the rules’ as you go!)
- Give Your Plastic a Rest: Surprise Your Toddler (and Yourself) With a Handmade Holiday Gift
- Your Holiday Shopping? It’s Done >>> The Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide.
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