MY THOUGHTS ON… Gender Dressing

This is a vlog prompt from British Mummy Bloggers on whether children should dress according to their gender. What are your thoughts??

11 Comments

  1. Rebecca - June 11, 2011

    Great vlog :) I’ve just done my first one, and I’m obviously getting a bit of confidence because I’m feeling that I want to tackle this one too!

  2. Christine - June 12, 2011

    I completely agree with you and that there needs to be more range or people need to have a more open mind. A couple of times when my 5yr old has gone to school in say a beige coloured t-shirt or grey trainers, a couple of her friends have immediately turned around and told her she’s wearing ‘boys clothes’ and it makes me so annoyed. Just because she is not wearing pink, yellow or has flowers or hearts on her top doesnt mean they are boy clothes. And these are 4yr old girls, where do they get this strong gender typing so young?

  3. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - June 12, 2011

    Rebecca: Go for it!!! It really does get easier with each attempt, and it’s a great prompt to get your teeth into. Perfect for you – with one of each!! x

  4. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - June 12, 2011

    Christine: It infuriates me too! This is exactly what I mean – how can kids that young already be so brainwashed about what they can and can’t wear????? x

  5. Vickie - June 12, 2011

    I am fully behind you with this vlog, however I am looking at it from the other gender, I do think it is easier to put your girls in boys clothes, however I wouldn’t be able to put my boys in a Fifi nighty, or find something that has princes on. I am a childminder so quiet often we dress up, The girls I mind for it is find for them to be Robun Hood or a Cowboy, however for my little boy he wants to be Holly, from Ben and Holly and every one pointed out that I was cruel and he shouldn’t wear it out the house! It’s just not fair is it!

  6. The Alexander Residence - June 12, 2011

    Great vlog, you’re absolutely right it’s so frustrating, not just that clothes are so gendered but that they also point kids to which toys they should like. I am so nostalgic for the late seventies when we wore a lot of brown and primary colours.
    So much social conditioning…and not enough people challenging it so well done you.
    Have just done my vlog too, we’ve all got different topics this time though.

  7. Helen - June 12, 2011

    I’m a boy only mummy so far but would like to express my thoughts to you.
    Boys Clothes in shops seem to be very few and very same-y whilst girls seems to have loads but they tend to be all pink and princess/butterflies and I don’t understand this at all. So many ideas for boys but we only see blue/green and jeans and whats wrong with a girl who enjoys Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story over Ariel from Little Mermaid!
    Personally I didn’t like pink until I was in my 20’s when I dyed my hair pink, but sometimes I like a bit of girly stuff once in a while, just don’t expect to find me in high heel shoes!

  8. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - June 14, 2011

    Vickie: I agree – it’s unfair isn’t it? And as much as you can decide to ignore ‘society’s rules’ you still have to consider the impact on your child from other less open-minded people. x

  9. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - June 14, 2011

    The Alexander Residence: Ah, the 70’s… when men were actually encouraged to wear multi-coloured florals… Will pop over to check out your vlog – aren’t we just the video queens??? ;)

  10. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - June 14, 2011

    Helen: Yes! Girl’s might have a much larger selection of styles, but they’re all emblazoned with the same cliched patterns, pictures, and embroidery designs! Frustrating x

  11. Babes about Town - June 15, 2011

    Very nice vlog, interesting to hear about this from a girl mama perspective. It never occurs to me that girls are limited, as I think they actually have less limitations on what they can wear than boys. Hmmm…me thinks I might try vlogging on this prompt too, or at the very least a post. Cool discussion and you look hot mama ;-)

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