I was just reading this article on Feistybook. It’s all about new clothing ranges for kids designed to blast through the boundaries of boy/girl clothing. I remember first seeing the signs back in 1986 when my youngest girl was born. Absolutely everything for girls in the local kids’ wear shop was pink. I hate pink. Always have.
So I bought her a really cute little penguin snowsuit in blue. (She was born in October.) You would not believe the number of people who asked stupid questions or criticised me for doing so: ‘dressing her like a boy’. Her older sister was a whopping great 14 months older, but when I went to buy her baby clothes, there was a lot more choice on the rails than pink pink pink.
Big brother, 3 years older still, always dressed (and dressed up) in whatever he fancied,
When he wanted an ironing board set for Christmas, he got it, and spent hours ‘ironing’ all his baby sisters’ clothes. I was so sad when he didn’t turn out gay lol!
I encouraged all of them to wear bright colours,
and refused to put them in the optional uniform for primary school, which caused some tantrums over the years- some from them, some from me…
…and some from teachers on photograph or prize-giving days. Tough.
So I’m really glad that at least some people are kicking back against the clothing industry/media attempts to compartmentalise all our girls and boys. Now let’s get all school uniforms having a skirt option for boys too!