More than a peacock princess

My grand-daughter loves a Disney movie with Jasmine.  While many of you may not like the princess stories this one is unique.  Jasmine feels her life is busy but boring.  She longs to do something important, not simply be present for ribbon cuttings and sitting for portraits.  She has an outburst where she says: I’m more than a peacock princess.

Jasmine wants to feel she is contributing something in life.  In the end she learns that she can do anything she puts her mind to.  It got me to thinking about how crazy the stereotypes still are today for girls and boys.

My dreams for my children and grand-children are that they find their own path to happiness, one where they won’t miss out on life’s little pleasures.  Where they won’t miss out on all the important moments in their children’s lives.

But then I see every day the little ways in which finding happiness with less is going to be hard to do.  Recently, I received the latest Avon catalog, not sure why as I don’t ever order anything and have asked that she stop leaving them here.  I flipped through it for a few minutes, it always amazes me the image they are giving with all the age defying this and that in there.  But I digress, what caught my eye this time was a cookie sheet.

The price is $12.99 each and 14″ by 10″ each.  These remind me of candy molds.  There are six designs on each tray.   The boys try contains the shapes of soccer ball, football, robot, plane, skateboard and a car.  Okay I can live with that.

The girls tray contains the shapes: lipstick, perfume bottle, shoes, crown, purse, dress.  REALLY??  does anyone else have a problem with this?

First of all,  these are marketed for boys and girls which tells me they are for young children.  I can live with sports balls and robots for a child, but what about a baby doll, teapot, beach ball, running shoes,  flower, heart, smiley face, or something that isn’t priming children to be consumers?  I’ll concede Avon wants to sell their make-up and other beauty products, but this just feels wrong to me on so many levels.

My  next thought was why should we purchase a tray (or two in this case) just to make cookies?  What happened to versatile trays and a bucket of metal cookie cutters?  Cutters which could be used to make decorations, use with play dough, and make cookies.  How many ways can they come up with to keep people in the mindset to spend?

So what are your thoughts?  Would you buy this for your daughter? What types of cookie cutters would you use for your children?

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4 thoughts on “More than a peacock princess

  1. I’m with you on skipping on those trays for both reasons.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of girlie themed baking pans out there that aren’t consumer-ish and focused on outward appearance (like ladybugs and butterflies) for people who want that sort of thing. I think I’ll stick with my mostly multi-purpose assortment of baking pans.

    • I am so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. I want my grand-daughters to have a healthy opinion of themselves, and not grow up believing they are not good enough unless they buy into the fashion, make-up, and clothing sizes that media tells them is the norm, but so isn’t

  2. No, I wouldn’t buy the cookie trays for both reasons you list. I already have cookie sheets and don’t need them to be in funny shapes and I would never give my girls “girlie” stuff. If anything, they would like the sports themed stuff better anyway.

    • We used metal cookie cutters and plain cookie sheets, there was never any talk of certain ones being for the girls or boys. Of course we normally only used the cutters for holidays. I love that your girls would prefer the sports-themed trays! So would I have as a child.

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