I don’t remember ever playing with pastel-colored toys. Disclaimer: I don’t even remember what I ate yesterday either. So don’t quote me on this, but I recall all my blocks, G.I. Joe’s, Hot Wheels, Legos, Transformers, etc. were bold colors; red, blue, yellow, green, black, white, brown, and orange.
Nowadays there’s fuchsia, mauve, taupe, coral, rosé, rose gold, cerulean and all these soft-looking muddy colors. Don’t get me wrong. I think they have a place in society. Especially paint colors for bedrooms and whatnot. Or on wedding decorations and other artsy stuff.
But when it comes to toys, especially boys’ toys, I’m seeing less bold colors. So while everyone is on the topic of grooming, I think this is another instance of a not-so-obvious trend of grooming children (boys especially) to be more soft, docile, complacent, obedient.
I don’t know about other fathers out there, but I don’t want my boy to listen to me (all the time). I want him to be assertive, aggressive, masculine, powerful, brave, and all the things that make a man a good man. Dangerously in control.
I don’t feed him vegan or organic. He honestly doesn’t like it either. He (8 months old) loves when we make him baby food steak and chicken and eggs. He smashes his toys. He pulls his sister’s and mother’s hair. He kicks and hits me in the face. I love it.
Obviously, as he gets older he will hone those things in, gain more control, realize and respect the power he has and only use it when it’s absolutely necessary. The thing is, I want him to get there, not deprive him of that power by making him soft. From the food, to the tv shows and apps, clothes, and all the way down to the toys they play with, it all seems to be slanting towards the artsy-fartsy, androgynous, safe, and quite honestly, soft side. Which in my opinion opens the door to the other side of soft. The sinful side of sexual androgyny, and all those letters that make up that hyper ridiculous acronym none of us ever get right.
Go, black, green, brown, yellow, orange, red, white, and blue! Oh and rainbows were made by God and a promise. Not as a symbol of one of the deadly sins to be taken advantage of by a group of sinners. But that’s for another post...
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