This happened, making me a paid writer now.
Although Erin, owner of ARTIS PURA Custom Framing, and I have been friends for many years, she is a delight to work with. Framing is technical, and her patience in explaining terms and ideas was a great help. I’m looking forward to working with her a good long time.
Retailer Target did something very important this week. By announcing they are phasing out gender-based signage around the store, they have signaled they listen to the concerns of their customers over the pigeon-holing of children.
Friend and mentor, Melissa Atkins-Wardy of Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies was on the forefront of this movement and continues to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the way we think and raise our kids. Be sure to read her blog post about it.
People are losing their minds over this move, and not in a good way. I’ve seen comments about how this is political correctness run amok, or how this move will confuse children about their sexual identity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Now there’s only toys. Not toys for girls and toys for boys. Just toys. And kids get to pick the toys they want to play with without getting the not so subtle message that there’s something wrong with them if they want to play with a toy identified as a different gender from the kid. Girls who want to play with green army guys can now just go to the toy aisle to find them. Boys who want to play with a doll can now just go to the toy aisle.
In case you’ve missed it, society has become over-sexualized with gender expectations narrowing what is “proper.” Women get the brunt of this. We have to correct this notion that women have specific roles to play, and one way to do that is to teach both boys and girls to have respect for themselves and be who they are at any given moment in time. As Melissa says, “There are many ways to be a boy/girl,” and “colors are for everyone.”