I went to a massive Disney store the other day, because I wanted to get some cute clothes for my three-month-old son. My wife likes Marie of the Aristocats, so when I saw Marie onesies, I thought briefly of getting one for Byron. But of course they were pink, had frilly sleeves, and were clearly meant for girls. So it occured to me that none of the “boy” clothes had girl characters on them. Girls are supposed to go to the princesses, boys to the Woodys and Buzzes and Mickeys and Tiggers. But some of the girl stuff has boy characters, so why can’t there be a boy outfit with Marie on it? Can’t a small boy like a kitten? There are actually no boy clothes with cats on them, as we’ve learned. No bunnies either. Plenty of puppies, monkeys, and a smattering of alligators and so forth, but nothing fluffy.
It’s amazing how much gender role we impose before the kids even have preferences. I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t challenged it, because I don’t want people asking me why I dress my son like a girl. So I guess I’m going along with the whole business, even though I thought a Marie onesie would have been cute. I swear I would have done it if they’d just made it in blue or purple and it didn’t have the frilly sleeves.