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19 August 2011 @ 11:53 am
The End of an Era  


Excited to find this hoodie on HauteLook today, but when I showed it to Anna, she whined, "But Ma-a-a-ahm! It's for boys. I'd be too embarrassed to wear that to school."



David Anolosttoy on August 19th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
I HATE how things are suppose to be "for boys" or "for girls". This is the 21st century already, can't we stop putting gender roles on our kids? Girls have to like barbies and boys have to like trucks? I suppose when your Anna grows up she is suppose to be married and pregnant instead of being a scientist or whatever career she wants. We also teach boys that they have to be rough and tough and then wonder why they grow up to be such assholes. Can we just drop the gender games and just be who/what we want to be.
anamomdaanamomda on August 20th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Agree. Anna has, until late, been pretty neutral-balanced: loved cars, dinos, legos, Star Wars, Zelda, and more boy-centric costumes (pirate, dino, Viking) Last 2 years , though, we've sensed a shift. She's far more fashion-conscious... likes Barbie and Liv dolls... wants long hair, etc.
David Anolosttoy on September 12th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Everyday I am running into this problem now that my kids are back to school again.

I am running into gender identity issues with my oldest. She is now 8 years old and in third grade and the girls at school are starting to tease her. She is feeling awkward and calling herself a boy-girl, since she does not like Barbies, Disney Princesses, Hanna Montana or make-up. She is far from a "tomboy" and is not much into the "boy stuff" either.

Similarly, my five year old just got "Lightning McQueen" shoes that have lightning bolts on them and they also light up when she walks in them. She loves these shoes as she loves all the Pixar movies (as do her parents). It is not like she plays with toy cars and trucks, just love the movie "Cars". However, now that she is going back to school she is worried the kids will pick on her because they are "boys" shoes. Like only boys can watch Pixar movies???? They are cool shoes, why can't she wear what she likes and be happy for who she is?

Honestly, it makes me sad that my kids feel that cannot be themselves. So what if my oldest does not want to wear make-up. Frankly I think all these little girls are being way too sexualized at a way too early age. I am not any sort of conservative, but I honestly do not understand how these parents let their kids go to school dressing up like sluts when they are not even ten years old yet ... gesh. Shouldn't these kids be going to school to learn, not propagate masochistic media driven gender roles onto our children?
sharonkimalacia on August 20th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
r, i am over here in illinois sobbing with you, because olin's entered that era too, where he is embarrassed over EVERYTHING. so sad!


also! they do have those hoodies (and MORE! "for girls!") on zulily.com - they send daily emails, and MouthMan (who makes those) is featured sometimes. they have them for something like 40% off the list price, which is nice. i got olin a gecko one and he loves it.
anamomda: anna8.4anamomda on August 20th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hey! Great to hear from you again. Thanks for the recommend - I already subscribe to Zuilily and HauteLook daily email alerts! Love both sites. A lot to wade through, but some real deals to be had. Considering ordering Crocs from Zu right now, and an order of Tea Collection clothing for Anna should arrive on my doorstep many day now!

Are you familiar w/ Tea? Love the quality. A bit pricey, but I've only ordered during the big semi-annual sales: http://www.teacollection.com/boys-clothing

anamomdaanamomda on August 20th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
"any" day