Anushka was playing at a friend's place. He began playing with a toy gun.
Anush asked me if she could play with it. I wanted to say no but I relented.
They generally enjoyed making a racket and then I told her to stop.
Then the boy took out a mock sword - Anush was terrified by it.
"NO ! Knives are dangerous" she yelled.
The boy's mother said "Oh if Anush was a boy you would have had to get her guns and swords"
I did not agree. But I did not try to explain either.
My objection to the gun/ sword is NOT that it is not-for- girls. I do not believe any toy is gender specific. But guns are destructive and represent violence.
It also means you need to launch an explanation of good vs bad, law enforcement etc
It is not educative though I can see it can be very engaging to children and grown ups.
I could get her a water gun maybe. A mid way route? Am not sure. What do you think?
Where do you stand on this?