and a lot of other fast food chains.
Have you ever ordered a Happy Meal? Do you remember the generic bit of plastic that accompanies each meal? Do you remember that it’s gendered?
If you have ever ordered a Happy Meal as an adult you were most likely asked…
On the rare occasion that we eat at McDonald’s these days, we still get asked this question. When my son was younger and had shoulder-length hair, the server would generally assume he was a girl and give him the “girl” toy. (The “boy” toy was often a video game or movie character he didn’t recognize, so the girl toy would usually be his preferred choice anyway.) When we spent a year outside the US, we ate at McDonald’s more often, and I don’t recall ever being asked “girl or boy” anywhere. There was generally one kind of toy in a Happy Meal, actually, not two gendered options.
As someone who works at McD’s, everyone’s life is 1000x easier when there is a single toy.