Re: Provide More Options for Girls, Mattel
by lovescats - Posted Sun January 6, 2008 @ 7:50 PM
Once again we have a situation where lazy parents want the rest of the world to do their job of parenting for them. If these clueless mothers expend a small effort to teach their little girls that females can follow any profession, the toys they buy won't matter.
Case in point: I grew up in the 50's and 60's. My pediatrician was unusual for that time because she was a doctor which was uncommon for the times. My mother explained to me that girls could be doctors and dentists and anything they wanted to be as long as they worked hard at it.
My dolls were all girly-girl type dolls because that's all that was available, but I knew the difference between play toys and real life. I was also taught not to believe in TV commercials which were in those days extremely stereotypical in male and female roles.
The best examples and teaching come from within the home. If these mothers have so little self-esteem about themselves that they feel they can't teach their daughters what they can become, the fault lies with them and not Mattel.