Rose Petal Cottage

While watching “Heroes”, this commercial popped up (click “watch it” on the right side of the page). I can tell you one thing for sure. If I ever have a daughter, I would never buy this “toy” for her. Just watching that ad made me wanna puke.

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mikesum32 wrote on October 16th, 2007 at 12:26 AM PST:

It remind me of commercials from the 1950s. Well, either that or the Simpsons episode where Lisa gets a talk Malibu Stacey doll that says thing like “let’s buy make-up so the boys will like us”, “I wish they taught shopping at school”, “thinking too much gives you wrinkles”, and “don’t ask me I’m just a girl ehehaha”.


Ivan wrote on October 16th, 2007 at 4:25 AM PST:

Well, I kind of like its retro style. Kids will love it. Not joking.


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Eugenia wrote on October 16th, 2007 at 10:45 AM PST:

Ivan, I would never buy to my children toys that “pre-program” them for the social roles they supposedly need to take. I encourage free thought, I am not interested in raising “housewives”.


Ivan wrote on October 16th, 2007 at 11:28 AM PST:

You’re right about that, I hadn’t thought about that approach, I was more thinking about the visuals of the ad.
My two boys have a doll, but both seem to be fascinated by large tractors and trucks, and the firetruck. Don’t know where this fascination comes from (not from me!). From their friends, I guess. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to exclude influences from the outside.
Even if you don’t want to pre-program them for their social roles, you pre-program them for not being pre-programmed, you see. It’s really fascinating to see my baby boys growing. How their personality develops, like a composite of all kinds of influences, and in the core their own soul and uniqueness. I don’t overestimate the impact of one stupid advertisement.


Michael Reed wrote on October 18th, 2007 at 10:44 AM PST:

And if they are boys, you won’t buy them anything that prepares them for a role in heavy industry (such as construction) or being a soldier, I hope?


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Eugenia wrote on October 18th, 2007 at 11:57 AM PST:

Construction is different, because it helps develop the mind (mostly the educational ones, not the stupid ones). But soldiers, no.


Brendan wrote on October 19th, 2007 at 6:55 AM PST:

But the little girl is SO cute and happy. I bet her mummy and daddy love their little princess loads…


Pat wrote on October 23rd, 2007 at 3:24 PM PST:

what ever happened to letting little girls be girls, what is to be ashamed of? unless of course you are trying to raise a bunch of dykes!


Stella wrote on October 24th, 2007 at 7:49 AM PST:

My friend called me about this commercial last night. I just watched it and I think I threw up in my mouth a little. I have a little boy, and sure he plays with trucks and cars and “boy” toys but he also has a babydoll and stuffed animals that he loves. If I had a girl, I would NOT buy that playhouse just based on the way it was portrayed in the commercial: pigeonholing young girls into such stereotypical roles-I’m not raising housewives either!


Susan wrote on October 24th, 2007 at 9:37 AM PST:

Get a life! Kids like to play with everything! Just let them be kids and stop trying to not pre-program! If you raise them to be intelligent, independent thinkers, no toy is going to pidgeonhole them.


Teicia wrote on October 25th, 2007 at 2:47 PM PST:

I have a 7 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. My daughter was exposed to more “boy” toys than girl toys for the first 2 years of her life. She gravitates more towards girl toys than boy toys because she is a GIRL. She can play power rangers one minute and dolls the next. My son plays with her dolls sometimes except they always ended up exploding. My daughter can be a princess one minute and try to beat her brother up the next. I don’t think that by buying the Rose Petal Cottage for her that I am dooming her to a life of being a housewife. Not that a housewife is a bad thing if that is what one chooses.


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Eugenia wrote on October 25th, 2007 at 3:34 PM PST:

>If you raise them to be intelligent, independent thinkers, no toy is going to pidgeonhole them.

Part of “raising” them, is about NOT getting them this toy. You can’t try to make them both intelligent and at the same time buying them such toys. It would confuse them to say the least.

>I don’t think that by buying the Rose Petal Cottage for her that I am dooming her to a life of being a housewife.

Dooming, possibly no. But it would not help either. That toy is just stupid, sorry.

>Not that a housewife is a bad thing if that is what one chooses.

I am a housewife too. But when I talk about “housewives” here I am talking about stupid drones, not actual women who happen to be married. And being a drone is not what I would want for my daughter. Believe it or not, toys do have effects on children. Just like stupid animated crap on TV do.


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