Guys 'n dolls: Should toys be gender neutral?

Sweden's largest toy chain pictures boys playing with dolls, girls with toy guns

Published On: Nov 26 2012 04:58:16 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 26 2012 06:29:39 AM EST

London’s Daily Mail newspaper reports Sweden's largest toy chain has been forced to become "gender neutral" by picturing boys holding baby dolls and girls brandishing toy guns in the pages of its Christmas catalogue.

Top Toy – the Swedish equivalent of  Toys R Us - made the move after being reprimanded by the country’s advertising watchdog for "gender discrimination" in a previous catalogue, which featured boys dressed as superheroes and girls playing princess, the newspaper reported,

Top Toy, Sweden's largest toy retailer by number of stores, said it had received "training and guidance" from the Swedish advertising watchdog, which is a self-regulatory agency.

"We have produced the catalogues.. in a completely different way this year," said sales director Jan Nyberg. "For several years, we have found that the gender debate has grown so strong in the Swedish market that we have had to adjust."

He added: "With the new gender thinking, there is nothing that is right or wrong. It's not a boy or a girl thing, it's a toy for children."