‘This toy is sexist’: French feminists plant warnings in children’s Christmas presents

Feminists in France say they have secretly inserted tracts inside children’s toys from Barbie dolls to plastic guns issuing a warning that “this toy is sexist”.

Hundreds of French girls and boys will open Christmas presents at the foot of the tree to find an unexpected accompanying note resembling those found in Chinese “fortune cookies”.

Except in this case, the message will neither provide instructions nor predict the future. It will read: “Warning, this toy is sexist:”

The operation was launched by feminist group FièrEs, which said that it had inserted “around 500” such tracts into a range of toys in a dozen shops in Paris.

“We targeted games that are emblematic of boy-girl stererotypes,” said Delphine Asian, legal representative for the feminist group, who added: “We have caused no damage or ripped any plastic. We simply slipped the message in boxes, or in books.”

She said the idea was not to “make parents feel guilty”, however. “We know well that parents follow the lists their children write and don’t think they’re doing any harm,” she told Le Parisien newspaper…