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What do we talk about when we talk about equality
01/2019

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"What do we talk about when we talk about equality"

At this time of the year, in some homes, some children will open presents with feelings of hope. They hope that what they wrote in a letter will become reality. There is a big box. Will it be the car circuit I asked for? It won't, unfortunately, it is a doll with a high chair so that we can feed it. In another house, same situation, but instead of asking for cars, the child asked for a hairdressers' kit but it is a lorry, which isn't bad, but it's not what the child asked for.

Do you understand what happened? Well, the first story was that of a little girl and the second one was a little boy. This happened because we live in a society where dolls (caring) are things for girls whereas cars (action) are for boys. From a very young age, girls are told that they must care for others, clean and put on makeup. Whereas boys are told to have fun and live adventures.

This is very present in toys' catalogues where toys are clearly differentiated by gender and also by colour, pink for girls and blue for boys. It doesn't show the diversity that really exists in society with girls and boys who have different tastes, skills and abilities. What future will this type of models create? Women who think that they have to be like Wonder woman who works and looks after others, whereas men will be professionals who are so demanding that they cannot take on any other role such as caring for a family.

We have a responsibility to educate on equality and that's why we can start by offering toys equally to a girl or a boy who asks for it and without it creating any kind of violence. This is the only way we will be able to say that we are trying to create a better world.

"...This is very present in toys' catalogues where toys are clearly differentiated by gender and also by colour, pink for girls and blue for boys ..."

 

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