Girls need opportunities to build! For me it’s always sad to see girls with only “girl toys” and boys with only “boy toys”. I guess we’re fortunate to have both the boy/girl thing at the same time, as our two are relatively close in age. It means they just mix up their toys and play with whatever they fancy, regardless of the “gender target” of the item concerned.
When I took this photo, I had no idea it would prompt me to ponder the “pinkification of girlhood”… But I repeatedly get frustrated when I’m shopping for clothes, or indeed anything, for the little Miss Happy. Why do so many shops assume girls only wear pink or purple? Of course it’s a bit of a chicken/egg thing … if the shops only sell the pink and fluffy stuff then little girls are more likely to be wearing pink and fluffy outfits, aren’t they?
I look at photos from my own childhood and there’s very little pink fluff in evidence. My Mum loved to dress my sister and I in matching outfits, but they weren’t sissy, prissy nor were they predominantly pink. I guess retailers nowadays have just got lazy and “anything as long as it’s pink” seems to be their buyers’ remit.
Of course it doesn’t end with pink glittery girls fluffy stuff, does it? Just stroll into any High Street store and you’ll also struggle to find a boys t-shirt without images of vehicles, football or super heroes splashed across it. Do boys have to wear Thomas? Do girls all want to wear Lola? I don’t think they do. But one thing is for sure … the retailers love for us to dress our kiddies up as mini walking-talking-wearing Advertising Campaigns, don’t they?
So when many of my friends love to shop for their young children and have children’s wardrobes bursting at the seams, I find the whole thing frustrating and our two have a very modest range of outfits to choose from. Meanwhile, I’m collecting fabrics to return to my sewing-roots and start creating more of their clothes myself, from scratch. Just like my Mum sewed lots of our children’s clothes to save money. I won’t save money by sewing our own in 2012, but we will have a real choice in what our kiddies wear, won’t we?