First, I need to apologize to J-Mo. I kind of flew off the toy vacuum handle in the comments when she posted about the cool red/silver Pottery Barn Kids toy vacuum. All I saw online was the pink/pink/pink vacuum, though. And these two splash screens for boys/girls gifts.
And I got pissed. They are so unbelievably gender-stereotyped, you'd think the last fifty years didn't happen, and Rosie the Riveter'd just been sent back to her kitchen. Her all-pink kitchen. [Well, it IS called the "retro"...]
Who is responsible here? Why does Pottery Barn, in 2005, think and feel that pink is the best and only color for selling toy household appliances and that they are only for girls? Where are the kitchens "for boys?" Is it sheer lack of imagination or brains on the retailers' part? Or have all the children born and raised during the last 40 years--and I'm pretty sure that includes me and you--signed on to Martha Stewart's plan for celebrating National Uh-oh, Dad Stepped Into The Kitchen Day?
My kitchen is not pink; my kitchen is white and wood and has stainless steel counters. I don't want a pink kitchen, and even though she's recently started "helping out," neither does my daughter.
Pottery Barn Kids ideal [sic] gifts for girls and boys [potterybarnkids]
Meanwhile: Sarah asks why Nick Jr hates Dora's little boy fans so bad [bloggingbaby]