I had perused baby clothes sections before becoming pregnant and before learning my baby’s sex, mostly focusing on the boy clothes because I was looking for gender-neutral. And I saw so many cute clothes that appealed to the interests of me and my hubby! Now that I know we have a baby girl on the way, I’ve switched to looking at those clothes, thinking it would be easy to pick up a couple of cheap onesies to celebrate. My experience in baby clothes has taught me many things I did not previously know about gender:
- Girls do not like dogs and boys do not like cats.
- Girls are big fans of bugs of all types. (Funny, I always thought this was a boy thing…)
- Girls do not like sports. Except maybe volleyball, if you’re lucky. Or ballet. Does ballet count as a sport?
- Girls like pink. A lot. They refuse to wear anything that doesn’t have at least some pink on it. Exceptions may be made if purple is included. They definitely don’t like any shade of blue other than possibly teal.
- Transportation (airplanes, trains, etc.) is completely uninteresting to girls.
- Girls only like animals if the animals are wearing bows or mascara or shooting hearts or rainbows out of an orifice.
- While boys are “Mommy’s little helper,” girls are “Daddy’s spoiled princess.”
- Girls are also bratty, self-centered, and demanding, whereas boys are cute, tough and loveable.
I am scared for the message we are sending to future generations of girls from birth. When did this obnoxious trend start? I do not look forward to buying her appropriate clothes as she continues to get older.