Pink is for girls and blue is for boys, right?
Wrong! In fact, gender-specific toys largely only date back to the 1980s. Throughout most of human history, children played with the same general toys and no one gave it much thought.
Then in the mid-1980s, toy catalogs started separating children’s playthings into categories and the divide began. This created the blue and pink toy aisles we know today (or knew until Toys “R” Us closed).
Actually, not everything is as divided by gender today as it once was. Back in the mid-1990s, a lot more products were split into gender-specific advertising campaigns than today. Even the first home computers came out as toys for men. Luckily, things are not that extreme anymore, but we have now created a society where everything from dolls to LEGO bricks to colors has a gender.
Way back in my early years, my sisters and I pretty much played with the same stuff and payed no attention. I mean, it's hard to make mud pies, sticks, and empty cardboard boxes gender specific...know what I mean?
Coffee in the kitchen again this morning!