Uhhhhh...

Posted today on the Boston Freecycle list:

WANTED: Toddler bed for a boy

What exactly is a "boy" toddler bed? Does it have like penis protection rails or something?


6 comments:

Jodie said...

maybe it's like diapers for boys and has an extra absorbant stop in front!

Jodie said...

spot, not stop. oops.

adamg said...

Pfft. As somebody who once had to almost deal with the whole toddler bed issue (we ultimately just breezed right by it and went straight from crib to real bed), I'm going to guess it means a bed shaped like a race car or a spider or something, as opposed to a bed that looks like a princess's castle.

eeka said...

See, and that's fucked up that knowing NOTHING about the kid other than "boy" leads a majority of Western adults to think he'd prefer a race car to a princess castle.

Er, not to mention the impracticality of having something durable and expensive like a bed decorated in a particular theme, making it way harder to pass on to siblings and cousins and neighbors (and Freecycle!) when your kid is done with it. Do people really have such bratty kids that they insist on having the damn bed shaped like their current hobby and can't settle for a plain bed with a racecar pillow or something? :-D

adamg said...

Yeah, yeah, western civilization just sucks, but, um, well, "race car" was the first thing I thought of when I saw your post, and no, I've never known a boy toddler to ask for a BarbieArielSleepingBeautySnowWhite princess bed (and this from somebody whose daughter LOVED construction equipment - one of the greatest days of her toddlerhood was when they repaved our street and we got to sit on our front steps, drinks in hand, watching the dumptruck full of hot asphalt and the paver and the roller and all the guys with the weird broom things slowly go by).

JCS said...

eeka--

While it may seem crazy, there is some evidence that young boys, given a choice between a race car bed and a fairy princess castle bed, will choose the race car. The extent to which these preferences are formed by what adults push children to like rather than just a child's natural affinity for something is debatable.

I fully agree with you about the impracticality of a race car bed, although since it is something that might be impractical for a family to hold on to, one might be more likely to find one on Freecycle and we have no idea if the kid is actually asking for a "boy bed" or not. I'd be far more worried about a toddler specifically asking for a "boy bed" than I would be an adult looking for a "boy bed".

For the record, my daughter sleeps in a bed made by religious separatists in Iowa over a hundred years ago and she wants to be a helicopter/airplane pilot/firefighter/mommy (this is said as one big long string) when she's big so I don't think the bed is warping her.