And honestly it's getting to the point that if i could, i'd NEVER set foot in a walmart again. I can't go into the girl isle looking for the moshi monsters anymore without those sets staring back at me. I can't even go into the discount section at the walmart we go to without seeing friends polybags.
Hmmm...it is hard to portray tone on here, but I am not trying to be arguementative but to understand. Do you believe inventing robots and driving atv's to be stereotypical scenarios for girls?
Also there is a difference between "stereotypical" and typical. Stereotypical means an over simplified view. Typical means common. Baking, hair, animals are typical interests for young girls, many many young girls. Do you object to these typical activities. In other words do you prefer girls do not bake, do not do their hair, do not enjoy animals etc...? I suppose if you find these activities somehow offensive, I would still disagree with you, but could see the logical progression of your opinion.
However since the Friends theme also includes activities that truly aren't common among girls, like robot building. it does not seem that one could call it an oversimplified view - therefore stereotypical.
I do realize that some woman become upset because they might not like something that other woman commonly enjoy. But being unique is OK. However i feel it is important to allow girls access to a varitety of interests, including baking etc...
And it is also important to realize that views vary and that is OK as well. Personally I will avoid exposing my children to moshi monsters. I dislike the premise of the toys. But just because I have issues with the toys doesn't mean I am going to say you shouldn't let your kids play with them.
Oh and I am impressed that you have so much Friends lego at your walmart. Polybags disappeared pretty quick here, and there is only ever one or 2 boxes on the shelf. That beauty shop is rarely seen in my area.