McDonald's Restaurant (and I use the term loosely) has decided to offer HappyMeals of gender. Yes - there's a "girl meal" and a "boy meal." The sex of the meals is of course defined by the toy which is haphazardly thrown into the paper bag. (BTW, what happened to the box?)
Today for example, the "boy" version included a matchbox car and the "girl" version included a Barbie comb and mirror.
As I ordered two meals and happened to have my son and daughter with me, the cashier loudly proclaimed that we were getting "one boy meal and one girl meal."
After some embarrasseed hesitation, Miss M. politely mentioned that she preferred cars over barbies. The cashier gave an impatient sigh, then yelled back to the Micky Dee crew more loudly than was necessary, "MAKE THAT TWO BOY MEALS!!"
Do you feel my pain?
We have a "you get what you get and you don't get upset" rule in my house. So it wasn't about my daughter getting or not getting the toy she preferred.
What bugged me is that she left feeling like "that weird girl who likes boy's toys" again.
How hard would it be to have a "car meal" and a "Barbie meal"? Why do these fast food chains find it it necessary to contribute to sex role stereotyping?
What if my son liked Barbies? O.M.G. - the horror! Ugh.
People are going to tell me I shouldn't buy their crappy food anyway. I know, I know.
Anyway, I'm done. But just had to get that off my chest.