Really?? Sexism in pizzalandia

This weekend, I went with the little arguers to a certain chain pizza establishment to eat some alleged pizza and spend money in exchange for little tickets that would be used to purchase cheap plastic toys.

While I was at this establishment (to protect the innocent, I will use a pseudonym for this establishment: Khuck-E-Kheese), I noticed the little arguers circle around to this one particular machine that would take a photo and then imprint the digital reproduction on an “ID card” style piece of plastic.

The son had gotten one of these little ID cards on a previous trip to this establishment, but I had never really noticed the options for the ID cards that they had. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), the machine was broken on this particular trip. I noticed, though, as I sat with one of the daughters, the layout of the various card options that were available. Can anyone spot the problem with this ID card selection?

Since it’s a bit difficult to make out some of the cards, let me give you your options for both sexes:

Boys

  • Firefighter
  • Police officer
  • Rock Concert Pass
  • Pro Skateboarder

Girls

  • Cheerleader
  • VIP
  • Hip Hop Dancer
  • Soccer Player

Now I know – and hopefully you know – that girls can be firefighters, police officers, pro skateboarders and rock musicians. And boys can be cheerleaders, hip hop dancers, soccer players and VIPs (whatever the hell that means). But does anyone really think a 6-year-old girl or boy is going to press the button for the other sex’s ID card? (Although, more power to them if they do.)

One response to “Really?? Sexism in pizzalandia”

  1. asiangrrlMN

    The thing is, this is pretty ingrained in our society, even to this day. Look at the Happy Meal toys that differ for boys and girls. Yes, you can get the other gender’s toy, but how many kids are going to do that? At least you noticed it, which is more than many people can say.

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