posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 03:31 PM
A little while ago i got an email from Change.org
Its a petition site that solicits signatures by email.
The petition i received, in my opinion, is going a little to far in the direction of equality.
Its asking me to sign my name again having gender related McDonald's happy meals.
Here is a copy and paste of the petition:
It’s 2015. So much progress has been made recently in the name of equality and freedom of expression. I am the mother of a two year-old boy, and
I’m so excited at the prospect of him growing up in a world where he feels free to be himself. So I was surprised to see that McDonald’s in Canada
is still using archaic gender stereotypes with their Happy Meal toys. Recently, my son got a Happy Meal and picked a pink toy. Because of this colour,
the receipt came back reading: “1 Happy Meal Toy Girl.” Please tell McDonald’s to stop marketing toys based on gender.
What's a girl toy? Boy toy? My son should have the freedom to choose whichever toy he wants to play with, regardless of colour or type -- such basic
values of tolerance and acceptance should be encouraged for our children.
So far, McDonald’s has not responded to my questions on social media regarding this practice, so after talking it over with my family, I’ve
decided to start this petition.
This practice was already discontinued in the United States after customers raised concerns. In 2013, Chief Diversity Officer Patricia Harris
addressed this policy in the US, writing: “It is McDonald’s intention and goal that each customer who desires a Happy Meal toy be provided the toy
of his or her choice, without any classification of the toy as a ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ toy and without any reference to the customer’s gender. We
have recently re-examined our internal guidelines, communications and practices and are making improvements to better ensure that our toys are
distributed consistent with our policy.”
Let kids be kids! Please help me change the marketing McDonald's uses when referring to the toys they offer in a Happy Meal. Tell McDonald’s to
make this policy consistent in Canada, too.
What do you all think?
I say let kids be kids.
When i was a child, i didnt want to play with girls toys and if i ever did, it would of resulted in a serious case of koodies, that my friends would
never of let down.
Im deleting the petition from my email, because i personally think its going over board. Im all for equality, but really, let the kids decide if they
want another genders Happy Meal.