February 21, 2013, - 12:08 pm
Your daughter can now take her place as a pirate, albeit sans eye-patch. So this is the new “gender equality” in toys.
My friend, Dena, recently looked into buying a Fisher-Price “Little People Lil Pirate Ship” for her toddler son. She noted that it comes with a female pirate in addition to the male one. She said:
It’s good to know that the next generation will think of piracy as an equal opportunity profession.
Since boys will probably still be the majority of the audience for this toy, it’s probably also to teach boys that girls can be pirates, too, dammit! Well, it’s not exactly equal, as I noted, because the chick pirate still has both eyes. I guess she doesn’t do the “heavy lifting” (or any swashbuckling)–so we know that Fisher-Price pirate toy equality is exactly the same as real-life “equality.”
But until both pirates are Somali Muslims tied to Al-Qaeda, who kidnap and kill Americans, then the toy isn’t exactly accurate.
Exit Question: How many female pirates throughout history can you name? Long Jill Silver? How many female pirates do you know of today? (Women wearing pirate Halloween costumes don’t count. Sorry.)
I rest my case.
Yes, I’m well aware that if you google “female pirates,” you’ll get results. But that’s the point. If you have to google it, you make my case. Historically, the vast majority–like 99%–of pirates were men (and still are–how many female Somali Muslim pirates have you seen?). Most people can’t name a single female pirate. Pirate equality in toys is stupid.
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