As you might surmise from the title and quote above, I am currently reading Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. It took me a minute to get into it, but I am now enjoying it quite a bit. This particular quote occurs amongst a group of pre-teens, and concerns a bicycle that the female (Pepper) in the group recently received.
While this quote is rather funny, the fact is, that Pepper is also right. It is sexist to get a “girly” gift for a girl, merely assuming that the girl will enjoy it, when, in fact, some girls would rather receive a Nerf gun and catch frogs than wear pink dresses and put on lipstick. In fact, it’s rather sexist that we have “girl” and “boy” toys at all. Kids are kids. If a boy wants to wear a tiara, is that so wrong? If a girl wants to play football, who cares?
Food for thought, told by a disarmingly honest character created by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Care to share your thoughts? Have you read Good Omens? What did you think?