A local shop had this display of balls for sale. I overheard a mother with her young daughter, as the girl was choosing a ball for herself. When the girl selected a ball with a car on it, the mother told her it was a “boy’s ball” because it had a car on it. She was also strongly discouraged from selecting the ball with Spiderman too: “That ball has Spiderman on it. Do you really want that? It’s a boy’s ball”
I guess we can’t have little girls playing with boys’ balls, lest they grow up forgetting their place in society.