Why is it ok for girls play with cars, action figures and in the dirt but society has a shit fit when little boys want to play with barbies and dolls and more "feminine" toys?
Playing is playing to kids, NOTHING more. They arent thinking about gender when they are playing, they are just playing and using their imagination. Why on earth a parent would want to stifle that, or make them feel as if they are doing something wrong is beyond me.
So what if a kid isnt going to be or do what he/she is pretending to be or do when they grow up. My kids pretend to be animals all the time and Im pretty sure they arent going to be cats and dogs when they grow up.
It's the same with boy vs girl tv shows. My ds thinks he needs to hide the fact that he likes watching my little pony from everyone because his friends all say it's a girls show. He once told them I make him watch it with his little sister lol. Anytime he watches it though he makes sure to go get my dd just in case his friends come to the door to play and see him watching it. So what, it's just a tv show.
My brothers always played with my barbies, watched the same girly tv shows even when I wasn't around, and played dress up with me. And guess what they are married with kids now and turned out fine.