Or the one in which Marnie, her uptight best friend, wore a bright little cocktail dress to a Bushwick loft party. Or the one where Jessa wore a long see-through eyelet dress over hot pink underwear to her gig as a nanny. Dunham said.
The kids groaned as he handed out the battered paperbacks. Having found the book dated when I read it in my own grade ten English class years earlier, I sympathized with their reactions. Hinton is a woman? I felt like a similar thing was happening when I saw a trailer for the new clothing line Ellen Degeneres designed for Gap Kids. It is a social movement meant to empower young girls to be their own heroes. To be clear, I loved this video the first time I watched it. It made me want to high five the entire planet. Is it really that revolutionary for girls to wear pants and muted colours, no matter what the soundtrack? But the same gender-role-wiggle-room is not available to their brothers.
Why does ‘gender neutral’ have to mean ‘without any traditionally feminine signifiers’?
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But the gap is even wider than I thought. Stores keep them in different sections, after all! When I finally became a parent myself, I was determined to give my own child more freedom and more options. I prepared myself to offer him boy clothing, girl clothing, as well as more neutral clothing, and let him decide what was best for him over time. I also prepared myself to deal with the inevitable push-back my family would receive in our gender stratified society. This was the first thing I noticed that really threw me for a loop. When my kid was a newborn wearing hand-me-downs from a variety of friends and family members, the clothing was heavily gendered, but it was the same stuff underneath. In other words, while each brand offered the usual pinks and blues, a six-month onesie was a six-month onesie. Sure, one had an airplane on it and the other had a kitten wearing a leopard print dress who comes up with this stuff?