I don't think the issue is that a concerned parent is unable to find a particular toy. I think the concern raised by the petition is that a lot of people, including children, are influenced by the subtle -- and not-so-subtle -- messages that are sent by the way things are categorized by gender. We can say that girls like pink things and enjoy playing with toy kitchens, so it makes sense that toy kitchens are painted pink, are marketed to girls, and are listed in catalogs as "girls" toys. But there is a chicken-egg aspect of that statement. Do girls like pink things because they innately like pink? Or do they like pink things because, from infancy, they receive pink things, see other girls wearing pink, and are get messages from others that reinforce the idea that girls are supposed to like pink? Similarly, do girls play with toy kitchens because they innately like to cook or because they pick up clues from society that cooking is something acceptable for girls to do? And, no, there isn't going to be anyone with a firing squad shooting the person who buys a "boys" toy for a girl or vice versa, but the ways toys are classified do create a sense of what is "normal" and what isn't. So the boy who wants to play with a doll or with the kitchen is labeled at a young age as strange or, even worse, as gay. The girl who doesn't like pink and hates Barbies is considered unusual. Obviously, that may depend on where you live and the different viewpoints in your local community, but there are a lot of parts of the United States that still subscribe to very traditional gender stereotypes. Certainly, there are people who buck the system and refuse to conform to those strictures, but a lot of people -- especially children -- don't know how. Instead, they conform to the norms and find themselves feeling lost and confused. We hear a lot about bullying of gays and lesbian children and teens, but that is just one part of a much larger issue during childhood with children struggling with dealing with the sense of what is "normal" and what isn't. I think we tend to hear more about gays and lesbians because sexual orientation is something that is impossible to for many teens to suppress and it becomes a source of very overt bullying. However, I think children conform in a lot of other ways. When a girl wants to play with blocks with the boys is told that she should be having a tea party with the other girls, that sends a message about what is acceptable for girls versus boys. When a girl sees images of only boys playing with erector sets or toy science labs and only girls playing with dolls, it sends her the message that her role is to be a carer and nurturer, while boys are supposed to build and discover things. When the little girl is in a group with boys and girls, who is she going to generally play with? Other girls. And what is she going to generally play with? Toys that girls collectively consider acceptable for girls. So if girls collectively are being sent the message that Legos -- a toy that the author of the petition correctly points out is a very useful tool for helping children develop spatial awareness -- are a "Boys" toy, girls are not going to be willing to play with Legos because they may fear being teased. Certainly parents can do a lot to counteract those messages, but I think it is worth pointing out when our children are being sent these messages and raising concerns about how they reinforces gender stereotypes and myths. Everyone here seems to agree that there is no reason why nearly all of the Legos should be classified as "Boys" toys by Toys 'R' Us. So why do we accept that? Shouldn't we object to the fact that a person looking at the website for "Girls" outdoor toys won't even know that Toys 'R' Us sells a half-dozen different basketball hoops? Sure someone who knows they want to find a basketball hoop for a girl can go find one by searching for it, but that isn't the point. The point is that Toys 'R' Us is sending messages about what is and is not apprioprirate for girls and boys when there is no reason for it to do so. It could have a category for "toy appliances" that includes tools, lawn mowers and kitchens. Just have "bikes and tricycles." "Action figures" can include the ones they list for boys and the girls figures that, inexplicably, they have under beauty accessories. "Building sets" should include everything in one category. It shouldn't matter that the set has a samurai, an airplane, or Olivia's kitchen.