Barbie vs Batman
How Gendered Toys Affect Child Development
I am writing for The Guardian, which is primarily addressed to progressivists.
Progressivists are forward-looking individuals that are curious about the world and embrace
change and technology. My audience is mainly around 30-45 years old and typically female. The
majority of my audience is also college-educated mothers who work full time. I will be trying to
convince my audience to avoid forcing gendered toys on their children.
To achieve this persuasion, I will use ethos, or ethics. Specifically, I will use sources that
are mothers themselves. Using sources that are from mothers, my audience will be more open to
hear opinions that are from other mothers. While I’m not a mother myself, I was a little girl once
who loved to play with barbies and baby dolls. My parents never opened my eyes to other toys,
nor did I really want to play with anything other than my cabbage patch doll. In doing my
research, I see the cons of only allowing children to play with a specific gender of toys. I will
discuss this directly after my intro, to gain trust from my audience.
I will also use Logos, or logic. In the last 5 years, research has shown that negative
effects of gendered toys. To introduce this to my audience, I will use my source, “Gendered Toys
Could Deter Girls From Careers in Engineering.” This source uses lots of statistics and it will
inform my audience with facts. I will use...