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Ban pink gifts for girls, says mother

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Should shops ban pink gifts for girls? It's a debate dividing parents ever since a south London mother started the "Pink Stinks" campaign to get stereotypical toys boycotted.

Now, even a government minister has backed the cause but, as Sarah Harris reports, the message doesn't appear to be registering with many little girls themselves.

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It's ridiculous! Let kids be kids and it's just some fun! There will be bigger issues for kids to worry about when they grow up so let them enjoy their pink things while they can.

Esther Porta

It's the inappropriateness of girls' clothes that worries me. Three-year-olds should not be wearing clothing that sexualises them. Make up, high heels - even bras are all readily available on the high street.

Justine Brown

I think it is absolutely ridiculous that we have a Government minister wasting their time on this campaign. I hope my tax money is not paying for this minster to get involved in this charade. How do these campaigns get a slot on national news, when there is real suffering going on?

Do these people not think that there are children out there, watching this, wishing that they would even get a present, let alone what colour, how thoughtless are they? I have a daughter and a niece and they both like pink, it is not sexist or demeaning and once again, it is an adult idea/thought that is being imposed on children.

Louise

I think the main problem is that the girls don't get a choice. Your reporter failed to point out that more or less the only choice in the shop where she was standing seemed to be pink. One mother said her child could choose blue or pink as she liked but how many "girls'" toys come in anything but pink?

It is also unfair on boys who might be interested in some of the toys offered to girls but they are stereotyped already to know that pink is for girls. Can't things be offered in a variety of colours? And could the word 'princess' be banned as well while we're at it.

Eleanor Davison

For goodness sake, tell this woman to get a grip on herself, surely there are far more important things to worry about when bringing up a daughter than whether she likes pink or not - such as whether I am helping her in reaching her full potential, in making sure she is healthy, well adjusted and happy?

In my 30 years as Infant teacher and mother of one (now grown up son) I have come across both girls and boys who like pink and those who don't. Those who love pink have never struck me as being patronized or disadvantaged - they are simply expressing a personal preference in a colour!

Come on, use your energy in supporting worthwhile causes - such as abolishing cruelty to children or Third World poverty. Put your energy (and anger) into making sure your daughter can read and write and has a good general knowledge but most of all: make sure she has self-belief and confidence in her own achievements.

Jane Evans

Pinkstinks - what rubbish. Having two small grand-daughters myself I know their first choice of colour is pink. There was also a time when it was the choice of my grandson as well. After all, pink is always thought of as the colour of love - and young girls are keen to ape their mothers whose love and appreciation is more important than anything else.

JM

Never mind Pink Stinks but Black stinks more.

Putting little girls in strappy black dresses as though they were going clubbing is a disgrace. All the shops are full of them.

Anne Deehan

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