A fan of mine (Thanks, sandi!) and another friend (Hi, Rachyl!) simultaneously sent me a link to an article about a little girl who is being bullied for liking Star Wars.
I have an enormous issue with this, and not just because I draw Star Wars stuff. I actually think the whole girl/boy line in the sand has gotten too solid. Making everything pink to appeal to girls is sickening in itself.
Anyhoo, about this girl.
Bullying over something as silly as what a girl likes is ridiculous. Especially at such a young age.
While there are a ton of strong female characters in the Star Wars galaxy, girls can like Star Wars for anything. The story, the ‘splosions, the droids and action. I loved Boba Fett when I was Katie’s age. He was my absolute favourite character. When Return of the Jedi came out I was Ewok AND Boba Fett crazy.
Boys and girls would play together. It was awesome. Care bears and Cabbage Patch kids were also marketed as gender neutral toys.Then something changed. Even Care Bears are marketed as a toy for girls. Fisher Price is making gender neutral toys like the popcorn popper pink. it makes me sad 🙁
Go support Katie, let her know the boys are being silly and that the people who market things to girls by making them pink are silly, too.
The photo accompanying this post is me, at 11, wearing a pink PJ set (That matched the PJs for my cabbage patch kid, my younger brother had the same PJs, but not pink, including the PJs for HIS cabbage patch kid) with my GT Snoracer and the Grimlock Transformers action figure I wanted more than anything else in the world. I still have Grimlock. When i asked for the transformer I was not told ‘Those are for Boys’.
Parents, kids, everyone, let’s go back to that. The child has a gender, the toys do not.