By now you have already heard about the controversy involving Target and its announcement to remove gender-based labeling from their toy department and kids’ bedding area. The internet, in typical fashion, rose up to voice their opinions regarding the change. Some were excited about the change, while others were absolutely furious.
The opposing side cited Scripture, opined the bowing to a politically correct movement, expressed fears of Target attacking the sexuality of our children, and swore to never again give the corporate giant their money. It seemed, to some, that Target had made a pact with Obama and the Devil to trick our children into becoming homosexuals.
Today, while at Target, I had to see these controversial signs for myself. I half expected to see signs that read: “Go on little Timmy, get the Barbie and disappoint your father!” Instead what I found was an organization of the toy department that made sense.
I was greeted signs that read, “Wood Toys,” “Pretend Play,” “Baby Dolls,” etc. I felt no compulsion to change my gender identity, leave my family to shack up with strange men, or worship Satan.
The organization made sense. I knew exactly where to find play costumes, Ninja Turtles, Doc McStuffins, and even those wooden Melissa and Doug toys my wife loves to get for the kids. Best of all the labels offer no voice in which toy is best for my child (based on gender), or what area of the toy department I ought limit them to.
Having seen the new arrangement for myself I can’t understand why we are making mountains out of molehills. I guess, as far as I can discern, the argument against the change boils down to parents who live with the fear that if they allow their little boys to play with dolls, or like the color pink, they will be robbing them of all future desire to have sex with women. And I’m not sure that is how that works.
To kids, toys are toys. They’re not sticking these things down their pants. Well the younger ones might be, but I swear it isn’t what we think.