I told Rich about it last night and he asked me if we were ever going to get her anything for a girl.
Excuse me, but I am a girl, and if I had gotten one of these as a kid I would have thought it was the coolest thing ever.
So we got into the discussion again. I informed him that when I was a kid I not only had Barbies but I also had Star Wars people and the Millenium Falcon. I was a well rounded kid when it came to that stuff. There were no "boy toys," just toys, and I played with all of them equally.
I had Matchbox cars and these really cool cars where if you pulled the tab out of the back and set them down on the floor they would race across the room. Remember those? They were awesome.
My favorite toy from the carnival was the parachute man, the little plastic guy attached to a plastic parachute and if you tossed it up in the air it would come floating down. I really dug that one.
But, I also went through the girly horse phase and had bunches of Breyer horses. I've already started buying Breyer horses for Livvie, and so far we have Barbaro and Secretariat. I imagine she'll also go through the horse phase that almost all little girls seem to go through. I hope so at least.
A friend of mine got her the Wonder Woman and Batgirl Barbies, and I'm really excited for the day when she starts to play with those. She also has a Storm (X-Men) action figure. Strong women who kick ass.
She has baby dolls but she doesn't play with them. She simply tosses them around the room. Personally, when I was a tiny tot, I didn't have much interest in baby dolls either, I certainly didn't push them around in a baby carriage or carry them around like I was their mama. I had one that would walk if you turned it on, and that one scared the shit out of me.
So, I don't see the problem here. I really don't. Is there really an issue with the types of toys we give her? It's not like I wanted a boy or anything and am trying to turn her into one. I just remember how I was as a kid, a tomboy of sorts, and I want that for her as well.
Besides, super heroes are cool.