Now for the most part I have a girly girl. She loves to wear dresses and she loves to wear finger nail polish. But with her love of super heroes I would buy her Spider-man and Captain America shirts. It never bothered me these were only sold in the boys section and it didn’t bother her either. Until one day. She was wearing her super cool and flashy Spider-Man socks with her glow in the dark Spider-man shirt, red skirt and grey leggings. It was her favorite outfit. Then she came home from school took off her socks and shirt and stuffed them away. All of a sudden she hated Spider-man. Why? Because some boys made fun of her. They told her the shirt and socks were for boys only. Oh, I was ticked! She can wear whatever she wants! We had even dressed it up with a skirt and leggings and she looked adorable. But these kids made her feel awful. It took several talks from myself and her uncle to convince her to wear her shirts again. And now several months later she has started wearing her socks but we still cannot get her to wear her shirts. She even gave away her Spider-man hoodie.
Then I look at my nephew. He LOVES pink. Why? I have no clue. Maybe because his mother hates the color pink so nothing in their house is pink. I mean NOTHING! But he has this pink polo shirt that he loves. And he wears it with pride. So far, no one has said anything to him but I find his parents reactions alarming. They hate that he wants to wear pink clothes. And I’m like – What does it matter? The kid loves his clothes and it makes him feel good. So let him do it.
If the parents and kids involved in our daily life had read Pink is Girl Color maybe they would see just how absurd some of today’s stereotyping is. There is no one thing that is only for girls or boys. Girls and boys can do and wear nearly all the same things if they want to. If a boy wants to take ballet, he can. If a girl wants to be on the wrestling team, she should. Pink is a Girl Color helps point out some of ridiculous things we do as a society by pigeon holing our children into certain roles.
Stacy Drageset did an amazing job at helping convey the message that it’s ok to be different. It’s ok for a girl to play with cars and a boy to take ballet. Erik Drageset did a wonderful job at bringing the words to life through illustration. Together they created a beautiful book that I think every household should read.
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