Fri, Nov 29, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Children's Toys and Gender

Download audio (MP3)

Getty Images
A woman shops for toys.
Getty Images
A woman shops for toys.

If you're heading out Black Friday to buy children's gifts, will you be looking for "gender neutral" toys, or contentedly browsing the superheroes aisle or the pink one? Whether you're the kind of parent who gets annoyed at the grandmother who gave a Buxom Barbie to your daughter or you couldn't care less, we'll get advice and insight into navigating the often-fraught toy buying season.

Host: Judy Campbell


  • Elaine Blakemore, professor of psychology and associate dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University
  • Jeremy Adam Smith, UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center; author of "The Daddy Shift;" and co-editor of "Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood"
  • Peggy Orenstein, contributing writer for New York Times Magazine and author of "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture"
  • Sean McGowan, toy industry analyst at Needham and Company

Become a KQED sponsor

Audio Archive

Episodes by Date

Calendar is loading...

Be a Part of Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Twitter bird in blue

Stay updated on show topics, relevant articles, and easily submit your questions.

Subscribe to Forum


Subscribe to Forum's podcast and you'll automatically get each new episode when it becomes available. You'll never miss out!