Why Disney’s Lack of Rey Figures Hurts Boys and Girls

My friend Kari Maaren—author, filker and professor—has a challenge for Disney and the Disney Store: give us more Rey toys.

We have heard this argument, but Kari makes a point I have not yet heard before: It’s not just important for little girls to see themselves in toys, but little boys, too. Kids make up stories using action figures/dolls. (I know I did.) And play in all species is a way to practice skills one will need as an adult.

So a way for little boys to recognize women as equals and have agency is to incorporate them into their play, and therefore their stories, during formative years.

Please give her video a watch and share it!

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2 Responses to “Why Disney’s Lack of Rey Figures Hurts Boys and Girls”


  1. 1 May the Fourth be with You Party: Anette March 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I TOTALLY agree! It is just as important for the boys to see Rey and it is for the girls. We discussed this in our review of the movie, which can be read at: https://maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com/2015/12/23/is-the-force-awakens-ok-for-kids/

    • 2 Matt Moore March 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Great article, great points, and great common sense for what parts are not quite appropriate for very young kids. I especially appreciate recommending that one might want to talk to their kids about why some characters died. Don’t ignore, coddle or gloss over it—understand.


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