Children's Toys and Gender

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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.


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"

Elaine Blakemore, professor of psychology and associate dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University

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