Freedom Trash Can: Dolls

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Recently, there have been campaigns in Western society to persuade the toy industry to stop marketing toys to just one gender.

Critics also want them to stop using pink to target girls. Dolls were chosen for the Freedom Trash Can as an obvious example of toys traditionally marketed at girls.

Campaigners for equality claim the toys children play with may affect their expectations of what they might do as adults.

They argue that if girls are only given toys encouraging them to act out domestic roles, or which focus on fashion or beauty products, then they are less likely to imagine themselves as scientists, businesswomen or even world leaders.

Select an object from the list and find out how it might be considered an object of oppression.

  • Make-up

    "Men aren't judged for leaving the house without a full face of make-up." - Anonymous

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  • Uncomfortable fashion

    "I cannot fathom why people wear heels. They're painful, impractical and can cause permanent damage to your body." - Anonymous

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  • Home cooking

    "I'm fed up of the idea of women belonging in the kitchen being normalised." - Emma

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  • Domestic chores

    "Equality begins in the family, so get off your backside and get cleaning, guys." - Anonymous

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  • The bra

    "I shouldn't be forced to look 'pretty'. I am beautiful and intelligent without it." - Lisa

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  • Celebrity culture

    "All the models have the same body shape, and they look miserable. It's boring!" - Wendy

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  • Marriage

    "I believe engagement rings are anti-feminist - signifying that the woman with the ring belongs to another person." - Matilde

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  • Social media

    "It's very toxic for young people's mental health, especially girls. They are constantly faced with unrealistic and dangerous ideals." - Roshan

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  • Gendered toys

    "All the gendered children's toys tell girls and boys they should only like certain things." - Anna

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  • Bonus object

    What are objects of oppression? Discover the thinking behind the Freedom Trash Can and suggest your own object.

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Some companies are now deliberately making dolls that challenge how people think about identity by offering transgender dolls, or dolls with disabilities or bigger body shapes.

Traditional toy manufacturers have also started to expand the roles and accessories for their dolls to include a wider range of professions.

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