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    Sweep Away Your Own Stereotypes

    | Springfield, MO, USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (This occurs while I am looking for a miniature toy broom for my daughter. She loves to help out around the house and thinks it is fun. She is two, and I think it is a great idea to encourage this behavior.)

    Me: “Do you sell toy brooms here?”

    Employee: “No, we do not. This store enforces playing against gender stereotypes.”

    Me: “…What?”

    Employee: “Those toy brooms and mops are sickening! It just enforces that little girls are only fit for cleaning and girly things.”

    Me: “So, let me get this straight: you don’t sell the brooms due to gender stereotypes?”

    Employee: “That is correct.”

    Me: “I see a problem with that logic.”

    Employee: *smugly* “I don’t see how, ma’am.”

    Me: *gestures around us* “How about the nice selection of pink & pretty princess accessories, make-up, and glamour dress-up clothes you got here? Shall we talk more about stereotypes?”