Amy Yedid

This morning I was watching an episode of the show Friends. In the episode the character Ross has a child with this girl Carol who is a lesbian. When Carol dropped or their son Ben to Ross’s house, Ross noticed his son holding a Barbie. He asked Carol why Ben was holding a Barbie and she said because he always plays with it and he likes it. This got me thinking about the time in class we spoke about if parents should let heir children play with toys of the opposite sex. Should a boy play be allowed to play with Barbie’s and should girls be allowed to play with monster trucks? When watching this episode Ross convinced his son to play with the boy toys and let go of the Barbie. It’s a very controversial topic and while watching this episode I really didn’t know what to do

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2 thoughts on “Amy Yedid

  1. I remember seeing that episode of Friends and my first thought was that it exhibited very old fashioned values that were present in television in the 90’s. It was interesting to see that only Ross (a man) had a problem with his son playing with a doll, while the women on the show were more understanding and rational, stating that a child should play with whatever he chooses. This goes into our discussion of why some toys are gendered the way they are? Why are dolls considered female toys while action figures are considered male toys. Who dictates which toy is for which sex? There was also an episode of Full House (on air around the same time as Friends), and the father was very against his sons playing with “female” toys. Again it was the father who wanted to preserve his son’s masculinity, while the women were more liberal. This just goes to show how much pressure our society puts on masculinity. In the media you don’t really see girls playing with cars, action figures, or something blue as such a big deal, while boys playing with dolls or wearing ink is a big deal.

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  2. I think that it may be a natural reaction for parents to think this, but not because they are sexist or homophobic. Society has molded us to believe a “boys should wear blue and girls should wear pink” stereotype. Obviously this branches out farther than just colors, but it is the idea that boys should do “boy-like” things and girls should do “girl-like” things. So, when a young kid does something that society considers a habit of the opposite sex, it gives people this underlying nervousness that if they stray from the norm they will be considered different in a society that doesn’t always embrace difference.

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