I thought the video displaying the Barbie Liberation Organization was incredibly interesting. It reinforces the idea that children learn about their gender roles from a incredibly early age. Although they may want to play with the opposite gender’s toys, society heavily influences them to play with very specific toys. In the video, a boy exclaims how he actually liked the GI Joe with the Barbie voice because it seemed less violent. However, the movement also received backlash.
This reminds me of a article I came across a few weeks which was talking about a young boy named Caiden who wanted to be Elsa for Halloween. His preschool classmates made fun of him and told him only girls could be Elsa. His dad encouraged Caiden to be anything he wanted and took him to buy his Elsa costume. Caiden asked his dad to be Anna and his dad immediately agreed. Caiden’s parent aim to “abolish gender stereotypes.” They are allowing their son to be his favorite character for Halloween, regardless of gender roles.
A psychologist in the article states, “boys aren’t born with the love of blue any more than girls are born with the love of pink. This is something kids are taught over time.” This example demonstrates that children are socialized to like certain gendered toys. Today girls are socialized to love Frozen, while boys are socialized to love Ninja Turtles. However, Caiden is a great example of defying gender stereotypes and being true to himself.