I am once again participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of March. This is the fourth year I have joined the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers in taking up this challenge of writing for 31 consecutive days. I know it will be hard work but the growth will be immeasurable. Follow along!
Is It Still Blue is for Boys and Pink is for Girls?
Last weekend my oldest grandson made the announcement that he was officially wearing big boy pants. His parents had taken him shopping to pick out a few pair of underwear to celebrate the milestone. Of course we all clapped and cheered at this big accomplishment.
The conversation quickly took a controversial turn when my daughter angrily told us of the selections of designs for boys vs. girls. My daughter Julie informed us that G. really wanted a pair of Moana underwear, but they only had them for girls. G. loves Moana, and so do I. When Disney created a strong female heroine that didn’t need a certain prince charming to rescue her, I applauded. But when the announcement of no Moana underwear for boys came through, I wanted to take my applause back. Of course the entire family began searching on their phones to make sure this issue was just an isolated case of not being in stock at that chain store, to no avail. Our searches revealed plenty of superheroes, ninjas, trains, cars, and Legos. But No Moana for boys!
I applaud the clothing manufacturers for providing my granddaughter with clothing that are emblazoned with graphics traditionally reserved for boys: trucks, dinosaurs, and even planets. So why wouldn’t they do the same for boys? I’m left lamenting…
Why don’t they make Moana underwear for boys?