"Would you like a 'girl' or a 'boy' toy?"
Thank you McDonald's. As some of you know it has frustrated me to no end that when you purchase the wonderful McDonald's Happy Meal the crew member asks you if the meal is for a "boy" or a "girl". I recently asked McDonald's why they do this and today I saw they responded to my question. My post on their blog is as follows
Monticore- I haven't been able to get answer to this question. Why do McDonald's employees ask if you would like a "boy" or a "girl" toy with your Happy Meal. I really take offense to this question. I think it is reinforcing subscribed gender roles. Why can't they just ask do you want the Hummer or the Polly Pocket. It's a simple change but I think it's the right change. Thanks for reading
Response: As you may have seen by now, a crew member in one of our restaurants says they make a point of offering customers a choice of Happy Meal promotions by naming the toys in the manner you recommend. This is consistent with our long-standing track record of promoting gender diversity and equal opportunity.
Well their response to my question is right. However in real life I am still only asked "do you want the girl or boy toy?" But I guess it's the thought that counts right??
But the good new is the next batch of toys is gender free.