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The Pyjama Game [Jan. 3rd, 2011|12:12 pm]
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Lex continues to love pink, and in the last couple of days I've watched him pull the beads off the Christmas tree and wear them like a necklace, and beg to wear Sharon's hairclip in his hair. None of this actually means a damned thing, but I'm still very aware that some of my relatives would discourage this, which I think is a shame.

The other thing that's a shame is Lex's In the Night Garden pyjamas. They're Iggle Piggle ones, and they have a few spots on them with silhouettes of Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos and their home. But no Upsy Daisy. The only reason she wouldn't be there is that they're 'boys' pyjamas, so a girl character is seen to have no place on them.

As you would expect, this seriously shits me.

Lex loves Upsy Daisy, just as he loves Makka Pakka, and Iggle Piggle. In fact the only characters he doesn't seem so struck on are the Tombliboos. He'd be very happy to have Upsy Daisy on his PJs, especially since, as the show makes clear on a regular basis, Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy are the best of friends.

I wouldn't care if the PJs only had Iggle Piggle and none of the other characters, but deliberately missing out having a small circle the size of a ten cent piece with a silhouette of the show's only (obviously) female character, when they have the other male characters there is just more of the whole gender push. Boys have to like boys things, girls have to like girls things, and no child should be allowed the opportunity to like both or the 'wrong' one lest it lead boys to become effete, and girls to like comfortable shoes.

[User Picture]From: vegetus
2011-01-03 01:48 am (UTC)
I don't really know much about In The Night Garden (though my cousin has told me they are all the rage with the under 5s) but it's weird if you have "best friend" characters that you aren't marketing them together on stuff. Surely that's what the audience would expect/want.

Stupid gender assumption thingies.

Not sure if I've told you, I have a 14 year old male student that has a bright pink school bag (and has had one for the two years I've known him) and I have never seen anyone give him grief about it or say that he was "gay" or anything like that. There seems to be hope.
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2011-01-03 02:39 am (UTC)
I bought Clara some PJ pants yesterday with the space shuttle on them. Apparently only boys would be interested in being an astronaut...
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From: leecetheartist
2011-01-03 08:30 am (UTC)
Know any at home silkscreeners over there or do you ever do it yourself?

I'd be tempted to cut out a silhouette of the character and silkscreen it on, with the right equipment, simply done.
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2011-01-03 10:00 am (UTC)
My observations have led me to believe that the people in charge of merchandising have far more narrow-minded ideas about gender roles than people in charge of the TV shows inspiring said merchandise.

Most kids TV shows have strong role models and interesting characters of both genders, but you would never know it from the toy aisle. Wendy from Bob the Builder is a regular casualty of this kind of thinking.

I was really outraged to see how girls were rendered invisible and unimportant in the Harry Potter Lego - I would be all over that stuff for my daughter, but you're hard pressed to get one female character to every six male. Many many Lego versions of Harry, Ron, Dumbledore, Snape and Draco, and even generic boy characters, but does the Quidditch set have an Angelina Johnson? Does it hell!

Likewise, there are almost no appealing boy/male dolls among the Barbies and other super-girlie toys. I really don't think children are remotely as close minded as toy manufacturers think they are, ESPECIALLY in the under four age group.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2011-01-03 11:16 am (UTC)
J likes to have his hair brushed and tied up in apolytail with an elastic just like mummy does :)
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-01-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
Good on you for letting Lex enjoy himself. I'd do a rant about this topic, but Cassiphone has pretty much covered it.
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-01-04 12:09 am (UTC)
Also, pink was orginally a boys-only colour. It was considered too strong a colour for girls.. All that changed around the 1940s. So Lex is being historically correct.
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[User Picture]From: micheinnz
2011-01-04 09:00 am (UTC)
Gender and little kids is a fucking minefield.

The fact that you notice and it pisses you off is a good thing -- so many people just accept it as The Way Things Are.

Good on you for doing what you are for Lex and MaybeZoe -- as the mum of the least girly girl in the entire universe, I salute you.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-01-05 11:00 am (UTC)
Jadzia's latest pj's have robots and Dinosaurs on them and I couldn't stand the girls pj's . Ken only found one he like with a butterfly on it .

The boys t-shirts are usually pretty cool and alot have encouraging words and the girls ones are all cute and about being pretty .

I've just taken to buying clothes in the boys section most of the time except for the leggings (mainly cos they are great for to crawl with ).

I occasionally dress her in dresses but most of the time she seems to dislike them and skirts she isn't too fond of either .

Pretty weird that they would take one character from the pj's just cos it's classes as a girl fav character .
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2011-01-05 11:05 am (UTC)
That was me above
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