A short rant about: pink & blue
Quiiiiiick. Little P is asleep while I’m out at the shops and scoffing my lunch (very nearly woken up by accidentally parking her buggy under the loudest hand dryer in the world when I went for a wee just now).
Anyway, I’m pretty riled up. I’m not averse to a bit of pink for my small female one but…
It’s been ages since I browsed the shops but the baby is such a happy soul these days I’m not terrifed of a screaming/feeding/overtired hissy fit if I’m out longer than an hour.
(Erm. She’s woken up already and staring at me about to have a hissy fit of course – stupid STUPID me eating lunch first when I wanted to write this post.)
But what has struck me as I’ve been looking round children’s clothes is how unbelievably and unfairly divided the boy and girl sections are. But mainly, how ***PINK*** everything is for girls.
I mean, take a look at this:
Pink. Pink. And more pink.
Perhaps I’m stating the obvious. But why and how has this happened? No wonder girls are demanding to wear flammable princess dresses to parties the moment they can talk. I’m not saying girls shouldn’t wear sparkly pink dresses, and play with pink toys, but why are we brainwashing them (and mums) from age zero? If they naturally choose those things, given a wider choice, great. Crack on. Wave your fairy wand. But I just feel suffocated by pink and have barely bought a thing for Little P as I feel so overwhelmed. And anti-establishment now to be honest.
Little P can wear her big bro’s hand me downs for a bit longer at this rate.
Toys are the next hurdle. At 5 months, she hasn’t needed much, and has been perfectly happy with the few shakey, rattly, chewy bits we had for M. And a nice new MAM teether I reviewed recently. But we’re rapidly approaching the territory of dolls and it terrifies me. I’m not a very girly girl myself. I was a bit of a tom boy as a child – going fishing with Dad, hating make-up and jewellery, crying down the doll aisle in Toys R Us to get to the Pound Puppies (true story – and actually, Toys R Us has now dropped its ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ categories online as its website went gender neutral last year, using age, brands and toy type as filters instead. Awesome.)
Check this out.
Dolls or cars, dolls or cars. With pink unicorns (horses?) as a divider. Help!
But actually this next example is the worst – a pink FLOOR to divide the boy/girl sections? Seriously? M loves this shop (amazing car and Paw Patrol range), but he steers clear of the area marked out for girls as he doesn’t want a toy from that section – “no Mummy, that’s for girls” when I suggest a perfectly gender neutral puzzle or game that happens to have been plonked into the pink bit. We were actually looking for a present for a friend’s little girl, and he kept picking up things that were “pretty” for her.
Deep breaths. Grit teeth. He’s just trying to be sweet.
“That’s nice M, but she doesn’t have to have something that’s pretty. She actually really likes football. How about something to do with that?”. “That’s a good idea Mummy.”
Phew, easily re-focused. It’s at moments like this I feel a huge responsibility for guiding a new small person through life…
Am I over thinking this?
Is this really OK? Blue = GRRRRR I’M A BLOODY BOY AREN’T I, brummm brummm. Pink = ‘Imagine and play’ and dolls. I’m so pretty! Look at all my glittery stuff! Even my poos are pink!
Rant over. All opinions expressed are my own etc etc. *Off to stare at neutral colours and generic animal toys in some nice department store or other.. *