Toys Influence Gender Roles

Character Guide:

David B. Ryan has been a profession writer for many years. His work includes various books, articles for “The Plain Dealer” in Cleveland and essays for Oxford University Press. Ryan holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University and certifications in emergency management and health disaster response.


David B. Ryan: “Children using feminine-typed toys, according to researchers, display nurturing traits and used toys in role play. Kids using masculine-typed toys show high levels of activity and mobility.”


Ryan: “The message for girls centered on appearance, including toy jewelry, costumes and play makeup”, “female signals focused on domestic skills”

Ryan: “Toys marketed for boys, including guns and soldiers, focused on fighting and aggression”, “Other male messages included competition, excitement, and an element of danger”

Works Cited

Ryan, David B. “What Messages About Gender Roles Can Be Associated With Toys”., 16 Feb. 2014.



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