Children who want to play with dolls no longer have to choose between Barbie or Ken. Toy company Mattel is embracing the idea of gender-neutral toys with the announcement of their new product: a gender-neutral doll.
The portrayal of women in children’s media is a major contributor to gender stereotypes because it embeds a foundational misconception of gender identity during a young age. Society defines the femininity and elegance in princesses and other female characters as the only desirable form of beauty.
In April 2017, a man named Dennis Dickey, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, threw a gender reveal party for his pregnant wife. In preparation, Dickey filled a target with colored powder. When it exploded it would reveal the future child’s sex: pink for girls or blue for boys.