How to Tell if a Toy is for Boys or Girls

How to tell if a toy is for boys or girls

How to Tell if a Toy is for Boys or Girls

by Steve Napierski to Articles

But I thought certain “toys” were a girls best friend…

One of the coolest things about this infographic, was that it got reposted by Neil Gaiman, the creator of The Sandman, Stardust, and Coraline, himself. I know who probably just found the post by doing a Google search, but it was still pretty cool to see someone so talented directly linking to Dueling Analogs. He also tweeted it too!

original: Facebook
updated version: Dueling Analogs

Discussion (16)¬

  1. yue
    yue says:
    November 29, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    … Should be another tree under “no”.
    Is it pink ? Yes, it’s for girls. No, it’s for both boys and girls.

    • JulieR
      JulieR says:
      November 29, 2012 at 3:17 am #

      THIS… exactly this… only completely not, and wow, totally missing the point!

    • Kipz
      Kipz says:
      November 29, 2012 at 6:43 am #

      You’ve not understood the chart, Yue. The whole point is that there isn’t a tree like the one you suggested.

    • Steve
      Steve says:
      November 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      What about my little pony? Seems to be pretty popular with a lot of guys right now.

  2. Mir
    Mir says:
    November 29, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Please update it to say “it’s for both boys and girls”.
    The either-or phrasing means that no toys whatsoever can be for both boys and girls (mutually exclusive):
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/either-or

    (As for pink being a girls colour – the previous commenter – that’s a rather late construct. I’d say that if it’s pink, it’s probably not a toy for anyone, considered how sucky girls toys usually are constructed. Unless it goes into the left category.) (Anyway, to quote Top Gear, “pink is the colour of the warrior”.)

    • ThisIsNotDan
      ThisIsNotDan says:
      November 29, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Yes, it’s very important that this graphic about operating toys with your genitalia be politically correct. You’d better change it.

      • Micah
        Micah says:
        November 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

        You know that “politically correct” is not the same as grammatically correct, don’t you? Or do you think that anyone correcting your spelling/grammar is doing so to be politically correct?

  3. Aatos
    Aatos says:
    November 29, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    I think related to this post was this bit of news: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/swedish-toys-r-us-catalog-gender-stereotypes_n_2198045.html#slide=1807969

    Living in the neighboring Finland we somewhat share the Swedes’ ideas of equality – kids should at least be free to choose whether they want to play with dolls/kitchenware or action figures & nerf guns. It’s completely perplexing to see the panic this apparently has caused in some countries, even as civilized as UK or US.

    • PrinceJonathan
      PrinceJonathan says:
      November 29, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Since when is the US “civilized”? We’re petty greedy brutal savages who pillage other nations with only slightly more subtlety than a mongol horde!

      Anyway according to this graph I must be playing with my Transformers wrong.

  4. Kal
    Kal says:
    November 29, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    I don’t get it. This is either too obvious its pointless, or too complex to understand by mere mortals

    • Sky Render
      Sky Render says:
      November 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Put simply, a great many first-world countries still hold misconceptions of gender identity and apparent sex being one and the same and as a result differentiate various types of toys as being “for boys” or “for girls”. This image is both pointing out that this idea is outdated and also being funny by mentioning that sex toys are not meant for children.

  5. CoolDude
    CoolDude says:
    November 30, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    But, I play Beyblade with my wiener, play gameboy with my wiener, and sometimes, the DS/3DS

  6. Meg Herrington
    Meg Herrington says:
    May 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Logic win

  7. Marja-Liisa Boyd
    Marja-Liisa Boyd says:
    May 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Love this.

  8. Susan Presley
    Susan Presley says:
    June 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    love this!

  9. Rodale Wenger
    Rodale Wenger says:
    September 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    somewhere, a brony is fist pumping