So, after spending almost the entire day outside playing in the dirt both in my friends' garden and my own flowerbeds, I was too hot and tired to cook supper - not to mention that I was *starving* and wanted something fast. So the boys and I walked to McDonald's to get food.
Of course, as soon as we walked in, the boys ran to the display of Happy Meal toys to see which ones they wanted. The current options were Batman (I think) or Zoobles. I had never heard of a Zooble, but I thought they looked cute. As per our usual routine, I asked the boys "do you want Batman toys or Zoobles?" They both yelled "Zoobles!!!" So off to the counter to order.
So, I ordered their Happy Meals first, and told the girl behind the counter that they'd like to have Zoobles. She looked flabbergasted and said, "You mean they want the girl toy?"
I about lost it. This has been a pet peeve of mine with McDonald's for as long as I've had kids. Through clenched teeth I informed her "there is no such thing as a 'girl toy' or a 'boy toy'. They would like to have Zoobles please." She was stunned that I could tell her such a thing.
C'mon, McDonald's. Get with the program. Last time I checked, it was 2011. I am not the most politically correct person in the world, but still - 'girl toys' and 'boy toys'?? Really?
Here's a novel concept. If you're going to continue to offer two different toys, TRAIN your employees to ask if they want a Batman or a Zooble, or a doll or a truck, or whatever the two options are. Or, make everyone's lives simple and offer one kind of toy. How about an outdoor toy to promote exercise after eating your food? Or a book? Or crayons?
Be like the Zoobles, McDonald's. Open your eyes.
By the way, the boys are nuts about these things. They *love* them.
And I have brought this up with McDonald's several times - both locally and with the corporate offices. Apparently they're content to continue promoting sexual stereotypes to our youth. I'm content to no longer eat there. I am raising my kids to understand that they can do anything that they want to do, regardless of being a girl or a boy. Sarah wants to play football, and I am encouraging that. If one of the boys wants to do something that someone considers to be "girly", I'm all for it. I refuse to pigeonhole my kids because of their gender.