"You let your daughter play with Hot Wheels? Aren't those for boys?" someone asked me once. "She likes them," was all I said in return. The question left me feeling irritated because all I could think of was what does it matter if she likes them? And who ever said that Hot Wheels were just for boys?
Gender stereotypes have always bugged me. I find it so weird how we label some things as just for girls and other things as just for boys. Can't we let kids just be kids and express themselves however they want? Who comes up with these labels?
When I heard about Some Girls, a children's book that explores the topic of gender stereotypes, I knew I had to read it. The book came to my attention in an article published back in May that had the headline Shock Question That Left Mum Seething.