by: Napoleon Stewart, Edwardsville, Kansas
When you open your mind, you open your world.
quote by: Krista Lardieri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My work addresses gender-specific roles and which toys are meant for which gender. We see a young boy playing with a doll—something that goes against societal norms. We also see a young girl playing with a toy that society would classify is for boys only. I created this because I have a daughter, and, too often, I see kids being told what types of toys they should or shouldn’t wear or play with, based on their gender. Toys are toys and should be viewed as such.