I don’t generally have a problem with products being marketed specifically at one gender or another. I mean, most boys I know are not interested in a hair salon play set. Most girls I know do not find Beyblades the awesometastic wonderfulness that boys generally do. So I get it.
But you know what? I draw the line at a learning globe specifically for girls. I was just talking with a friend yesterday (hi, Dorothy!) about how great those learning globes are, and how they’re a hot item right now. Never once did it occur to me that girls aren’t allowed to like globes unless they’re pink and—I swear, I nearly fell over when I read this in the product description—come with a cookbook. Seriously??
If you’re in the market for such a thing, I suggest you get a smart, gender-neutral model that will be used for years. Check out the Leapfrog and Oregon Scientific versions (not currently marked down much, but keep your eye on ’em). Someone is buying those pink monstrosities; lots of someones, in fact, or they wouldn’t keep selling them. We need to start sending the message to manufacturers that there’s no need to pander to our girls when it comes to educational products.