You can file this one under ‘duh’  to some extent but I think its still worth mentioning – the nature of the toys marketed to girls versus those marketed to boys is really so divided by gender. These word clouds were done by Crystal over here and I came across them through the very interesting Information is Beautiful site which is definitely worth checking out.

Its a complex debate – as you can see in the comments – kids are after all, people and lots of these little people WANT everything pink, fluffy and cute. But to me, it is their parents jobs, to guide their choices and open their minds to different possibilities. Little girls should know that they can aspire to be a hero and be powerful and skilful at whatever they choose. Little boys should know that they can aspire to be loved, nurture babies, and have FUN!