Gender neutral?

Gender equality was front and center when I attended the International Toy Fair in February:

The TOTY (Toy of the Year) Awards introduced new categories for more “straight-forward” judging.” Of course, that meant eliminating gender-specific categories.

But all that chatter and high-level decision-making didn’t reach the shelves of our local dollar store: I had to scrounge among the pastels to find boy-acceptable Easter basket fillers for our grandsons.

Perhaps we have moved beyond telling kids what toys are appropriate for their gender. However, few of the five boys in our family would want pink pastel toys in an Easter basket.

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