New legislation push to end boy, girl toy options at fast-food restaurants

Posted at 6:21 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 19:47:33-05

A Michigan House resolution urging fast-food restaurants to end offering gender classified toys with kids’ meals is gaining traction.

According to KENS5, more than a dozen Michigan lawmakers are saying restaurants who offer “boy toys” and “girl toys” limit children’s imaginations and can be influential.

State Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, is the primary sponsor. The resolution has 14 co-sponsors.

“Often, the designated ‘boy toys’ are action figures or building toys; typically in primary colors, whereas ‘girl toys’ are often stuffed animals and are usually in a pastel color scheme,’’ the resolution states.

“This is a significant issue as billions of these meals are sold every year and this practice can influence and limit children’s imaginations and interests by promoting some toys as only suitable for girls and others only for boys," the resolution states.

Love asks that copies of the resolution be sent to leadership in Michigan fast food chains.

Numerous stores in Michigan continue to offer gender-classified options to customers, despite numerous studies that have “highlighted the harmful effects of gender-classified toys,’’ the resolution states.

The issue came into focus in 2008 when a Connecticut girl questioned McDonald’s policy over kids receiving toys with their meal based on their gender.

A petition asking McDonald’s to stop this practice picked up steam in 2016.

The broader movement is not limited toys. Department stores are being called on for having pink and blue walls in toy aisles. They say this insinuates that there gender-classified toys.

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