There's a interesting article in the paper today by writer Mary Hoffman. It's about the rise of the "princess" as icon for young girls and about the avalanche of pink tatt that is being sold to them.
This is a problem I've recently come up against as after 4 nephews I have started to by more grown up non baby gifts for my young niece. I have effectively moved across the aisle to girls side and it a horrid pinky/purple shade.
Is the pole extra?
My niece likes dressing up and thought I might get her a costume, John Lewis could only offer her a princess or nurse (the doctors scrubs were with the boys gear and were too big). I then thought about a witch so she go about screeching and cursing people. The witch's kit they sold was witch as lap dancer, a sort hot Cinderella low cut slashed skirt affair with bits of black affair not your classic hags rags.
It's just as bad elsewhere girls Lego is flower shops, and cloths racks not vikings, fire engines or Star wars.
I know stereotyping is prevalent but what can you do, I don't want to buy worthy toys , I want stuff she'll enjoy but I want her to have things that are inspiring, involving and fun. Any suggestions, as it'll soon be you know what and the Pink avalanche will turn into blizzard.
ps. my Yahoo search for an image for this post proves the point type "princess" in and you get loads of horrid pink pictures, I just chose the first but they were all the same.