What does it mean for our communities when we are raising a generation of kids who are told that being a boy is all about having 'chicks' loving you, driving fast, being loud... ? What does it mean for our communities when we are raising a generation of kids who are told that being a girl is all about being pretty, loveable, cute, and obsessed with boys and shopping...?
Granted, a daughter with a penchant for all-things-pink is hardly the end of the world. As a busy parent trying to do my best raising my kids, it's way down my list of things-to-worry-about. But what does concern me is the potential of this being the tip of the iceberg. You know, that big visible chunk of ice sitting squarely on top of the ocean. We see it and laugh about little girls obsessed with pink. But what lies beneath it?
This made me think about how the way the world interacts with me is partly determined by the clothes I wear. As an adult, I can I observe this and find it interesting. But it also reinforces to me that the way the world interacts with my kids will in part be determined by what they wear. That's huge, and can be problematic.
Ten years ago when working at an investment back in London, my manager called me in to her office to discuss my career development. When she said "where do you see yourself in ten years Rachel?", I responded "growing veges on my organic farm". That kinda cut the conversation short. I have always been big on honesty though.