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Marks and Spencer announces all toys will be made gender neutral in 2014

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2013, 2:13pm

    I’m surprised the religious nutters haven’t taken a swipe. Good for M&S though.

  2. Don’t know how ‘hot pink barbie’ will ever be gender neutral, but the thought is there, anyway.

  3. Barbie is already gender neutral. It’s just advertising and social norms (whatever they are) that labels her a ‘girls toy’.

  4. Better late than never!

  5. Colin (Queenstown/London) 17 Dec 2013, 9:16pm

    Good news. At last. My straight neighbours have been saying this for years. They have a gorgeous 4 year old daughter and they give her both boys and girls toys. She does not care. We all just have fun and yes I get bossed about and hosed down while supposedly watering the veggies.

    Well Done M&S

  6. A friend of mine bought a BLUE Easy-Bake Oven for her son. It’s what he wanted. It made my day!

  7. No pink or blue toys then? It this is the case it will be a good step forward

  8. so i have a little boy and when im shopping for him the first way i narrow down my search is to look at boys section but now instead of looking at a page of say 20 items which are traditionally for boys i need to look at a page of 40 items some of which are traditionally for girls . personally i feel this just complicates things. if you want your girl to play with boys toys then just ignore the labels same with boys. i mean this is stupid what if your boy wants to dress like a girl or your girl a boy does that mean clothing retailers should just mix them all up in the shop. and if you do that with kids then why not adults we can all just go into a shop and hunt all day for what we want rather than just go the department that was designed to mach your gender . why must people always try to complicate things. i mean if my boy picked up a pink horsey or a dolly i would tell him thats a girls toy anyway. most parents wouldnt let their little boy go out in a dress either.

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