wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered
OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.
I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.
So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”
I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.
And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.
I remember when Mcdonalds happy meals used to have gendered boxes with different toys for girls and boys. (Barbies in the pink ones and Hot Wheels or the like in the blue ones).
Anyway, My mum used to always let me choose which toy I wanted because as a child I never used to like dolls - so some of the time I wanted the ‘boy’ toy instead of the dolly. I remember going to Mcdonalds with my friend and her parents one day, and in the ‘girls’ happy meal it was polly pocket or something like that - but in the ‘boys’ box you got some K’nex building set (which my around seven year old self thought was the coolest thing ever. I loved K’nex and had a big box of the stuff at home.)
I remember saying to my friends mum - she was pretty strict compared to my mum - that I didn’t want the girl toy; and I wanted the one with the k’nex. I got shouted at in the middle of a busy Mcdonalds that “You can’t have the boy one, that’s for boy’s you’re not a boy are you?! You can have the girl toy that you should be playing with like Laura (her daughter) is having!” I told her that my mum always let me choose and she shouted again that my mum shouldn’t be letting me play with boy toys anyway.
I cried and made her take me home and nobody got mcdonalds that day. The next day my mum took me back to mcdonalds and bought me the K’nex happy meal that I wanted, and I was never allowed back at my friends house for tea. I took it hard (being six/seven) but understood because her mum was a ‘meanie.’
Moral of the story - Not every little girl wants the fucking pink toy and not every little boy wants the blue toy and adults should not force them to adhere to their gender stereotyping; If a boy wants a kitchen playset for his birthday buy him the fucking playset and not the trains that you want to buy him.