#nerf #nerfwar #genderroles
Nerf for Girls.
Promoting gender sterotypes or quite the oposite?
Ok, yes, I know I'm a big kid!
I'm in my forties and have a rather large collection of Nerf-Blasters, but that's not the topic here! ;-)
I recently discovered in my favorite Dart-Blaster shop that there is a new brand of Nerf Blasters called 'Rebelle'.
They are obviously designed for girls and they are pink!
Ok, to be honest they are not completely pink but definitely to much pink for me.
"Oh my, another company promoting these worn of gender stereotypes" was my first thought.
We already had Kinder Surprise for girls and Lego for girls and now this.http://www.hasbro.com/rebelle/en_US/
I took a second glance and those things were still pink, much to pink...
But on the other hand it's still Nerf-Blasters. It's not that they made them into Dolls or Hairdryers or what ever comes to other companies minds when they design Toys for girls.
I guess that would be stupid anyway since Hasbro already sells a lot of these classic girl-toys.
Then something came to my mind +Cheyenne Wright
wrote on G+.
The following happened to him in a department store:https://plus.google.com/102835024575145248755/posts/9629e9hGMpo
A little girl - probably around 5 ran very excited, up to a set of superhero pajamas hanging from a rack...
"Look Mommy! Iron Man".
Without missing a beat - her mom grabbed the little girls arm and pulled her away from the PJ's like they were on fire and sharply scolded her...
"Those are for boys"
That's silly, isn't it?
Well if there were Nerf Blasters for Girls, stupid mothers had no excuse denying them to their daughters, right?
Ok, I have no Idea if this might really work, but maybe it get's girls interested into toys and games that have been stereotypical toys for boys so far.
Being a typical Geek, I wished many times that my favorite hobbies found a little more acceptance with girls.
If that meant there had to be a pink D20, a pink Joystick or a pink Nerf Gun, so be it.
Besides I think that Crossbow might actually look pretty awesome given a decent paintjob...