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The difference between toys for boys and girls, in 1 flowchart

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

Anybody who's walked down a toy aisle recently knows that toys can't just be toys — they have to be toys for boys or toys for girls. That's a trend on the rise since the 1970s, and its inherent ridiculousness has been called out both in long thinkpieces and in impassioned rants by five-year-olds.

But if you're still trying to decide if a toy is for boys or girls, designer Kristen Myers made this very helpful common-sense flowchart to help you with that:

toy flowchart

There you have it.

(h/t to Linda Perlstein on Twitter)