I don’t like gender stereotypes and have done virtually everything in my power to ensure that both of my children have access to toys and clothes based on their preferences rather than what society defines as “normal” toys for a boy & girl. I encourage both of my children to be empathetic as well as adventurous and active. However, despite this, Isabel has been massively corrupted by her preschool peers: my daughter is obsessed by everything pink and princess-y. She regularly labels things “for boys” or “for girls” & if something is broken, it’s always a given that daddy would have to fix it for her.
(I get through this by repeating “it’s her choice to like pink” frequently. Twitch twitch.)
However, this morning I felt like I had achieved a teensy goal when, in driving past the River Severn as we do every morning, she commented that if someone fell in the river the firemen and fireladies would come and pull them out.
Fuck yes, equality for women :)