Ask kids which toy they want, and not if they want a girl’s or boy’s toy!
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Ask kids which toy they want, and not if they want a girl’s or boy’s toy!

    1. Petition by

      Leslie Martinez

Kids have a wide range of interests that are not cast in stone according to their gender. Even if overall more girls have been conditioned to choose something pink and passive and sparkly over something blue and active and connected to action-adventure characters, and typically boys are shamed or even bullied if they want something that's "for girls," McDonalds does not need to perpetuate that by making children feel shamed or wrong to ask for a toy that's not what they're supposed to want. For example, the current promotional toys are Transformers (cars, trucks or planes in darker primary colors that can be twisted around to make an action figure) or Green Lantern action figures for boys, and Squinkies (cute little big-eyed animals that don't do anything) and My Little Ponies (in pastel colors with combs that you use to brush their tails). I know plenty of little girls who would love the transformers and little boys who would love the ponies, and yet instead of just letting them be toys for any child who wants them, we make the child who is a little bit different from his or her peers feel even more isolated and "wrong" just because he or she would rather play with something other than what we've decided are the only toys that girls or boys should want.

McDonalds has a chance to have a very visible part in making it OK for girls and boys to choose whatever toy they want based on their interests and not on some stereotype of what all girls or all boys will like. All it takes is one small change: Would your child like the Transformer or the My Little Pony? Would your child like the Green Lantern figure or the Squinky? It won't cost McDonalds one single dime to implement this change, but it will make a huge difference in the lives of many little girls and boys who are already feeling like outsiders because they don't like what society - and McDonalds - is insisting that they're supposed to like.

Update: McDonalds has informed me that they already have a policy in place to ask which toy a child would like instead of asking if you want a girl's or a boy's toy, and assured me that their employees " have been specifically trained to ask customers which of the two toys offered that week they would like, and not whether they would like a "girl" toy or a "boy" toy." However, it's very clear that their policy is not being enforced at most McDonalds. Please take a moment to write to McDonalds at McDonalds.CustomerCare@us.mcd.com and let them know your experiences - let them know that you are consistently being asked if your child wants a boy's toy or a girl's toy, or asked if the meal is for a girl or a boy, instead of simply being asked which toy your child would like to have.

So please, McDonalds, enforce your requirment that McDonald's employees ask which toy a child wants without calling it a girl's toy or boy's toy! It will made a world of difference for a lot of kids.

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    1. I heard from McDonalds

      Leslie Martinez
      Petition Organizer

      I wrote to McDonalds about this issue, and was told "First, please be assured that none of our toys are meant to be gender-restricted. Rather, all of our toys are meant to be enjoyed by all our younger customers -- both girls AND boys. When we offer a Happy Meal with two different themes, our employees have been specifically trained to ask customers which of the two toys offered that week they would like, and not whether they would like a "girl" toy or a "boy" toy. I'm sorry if you've experienced anything different."

      Apparently at the corporate level they are confident that their policy and training is being carried out at their stores, when in fact very few of us are ever asked which toy we want.

      In addition to signing and sharing this petition, please write to McDonalds at McDonalds.CustomerCare@us.mcd.com and tell them your personal experiences with being asked about boy and girl toys, and with never or rarely being asked simply which toy your child would like.

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. Great blog post!

      Leslie Martinez
      Petition Organizer

      This blogger shared her post with me so I thought I'd share it here. I'm going to continue to post related articles and blog posts as I find them, for those who want to read a number of perspectives on this.

    4. The policy's there but not enforced?

      Leslie Martinez
      Petition Organizer

      Update: According to this source, McDonalds already has a policy in place to ask which toy a child would like instead of asking if you want a girl's or a boy's toy. However, no one that I've spoken to so far with regard to this petition remembers ever being asked that, while we all consistently recall being asked things such as "is this for a girl or for a boy" or "do you want a girl's toy or a boy's toy?" So while McDonalds may have this policy in place, it's clearly not being enforced.

    5. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Emee Pumarega PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      For my son and daughter and all kids out there.

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    • SIMON JOYCE WILLIAMSBURG, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      For my 6-year old, who usually wants the other toy, and because I'm fed up with having to point this out to McDonalds employees.

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    • CYNTHIA BICE LANSING, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      This is for my 2 youngest granddaughters, who both prefer 'boys' toys over 'girls' toys. I, too, was a tom-boy as a child and I preferred my brother's hot wheel cars over my barbies any day!

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    • S C PAMPA, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      For my daughter, who loves Transformers and Superheroes.

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    • meghan lewis TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      cause my little girl would rather have the transformer!

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