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[–] aello 20 points Edited

Why are the mom and dad pink and blue if they BOTH lift weights and sew? That undermines the whole dichotomy that the child is fighting against. Even in the context of it's own falsified, misogynistic premise, it makes no sense. Why would the child need to be purple if blues and pinks can do whatever they want and not be less blue or less pink?

Right? It even tries to make the point that the mother also has 'masculine' qualities and the father 'feminine' ones so really they should both be purple too.

[–] furyosa MERF 19 points

* deep sigh *

You can't fight oppressive gender roles by coming up with more genders. They're still thinking within the same stale gender framework. "The master's tools..." and all that. Toss the whole gender box out instead!

[–] Eava 20 points

This is horrific. No wonder our children are suffering emotionally. They are being taught things about themselves that make no sense. Who would want to be a boring boy or girl?

not to mention that I remember in my childhood (around 20 years ago lol) it was considered completely normal for girls to climb trees, play football etc. I'm not saying there were zero people who would have had a problem with it but it was not, like, a rare case that would have confused everyone. I still feel like even nowadays noone is really bothered by girls doing traditionally 'boy' things that much. Am I wrong? Idk

[–] Eava 10 points

We are definitely regressing in terms of rigid gender stereotypes. Instead of saying there is no "box" of boy things or girl things, now those boxes are really rigid, and the only way out is to say you are the opposite "gender" or neither.

And that tends also to entail physically changing your body to fit with your new box of stereotypes. Doesn't leave much room for personal growth, does it?

I think only the most religiously zealous would have issues with girls doing "boy" things and vice versa. Most people don't give a fig.

In my childhood in the USA, 60+ years ago, girls doing what some would have regarded as "traditionally 'boy' things" was normal too.

Girls didn't get anywhere near same sports opportunities as boys in either school or community/civic settings - and we were explicitly banned from various organized sports like youth baseball and road running by organizations such as Little League and the USA's Amateur Athletic Union. Similarly, in the UK, girls and women were banned from playing soccer/football by the Football Association. But when playing on our own and in even in some organized settings, it was totally normal for girls to climb trees and jungle gyms, throw and hit balls with sticks, run around including in races, ride bikes, compete in swimming and diving, play racquet sports, shoot hoops, skate, ski, ride skateboards, play handball, etc.

In my childhood, girls as well as boys were allowed and actually encouraged to practice boxing and slugging by punching the daylights out of inflatable child-sized figures with sand on the bottom made expressly for that purpose. Such as the Joe Palooka "bop bag" popular in the early1950s and Romper Room's infamous kiddie-sized inflatable clown known colloquially as "Punch Me." Romper Room's "Punch Me" clown figure was eventually replaced in the 1970s by the much more anodyne Romper Room "punch balls," apparently because by then it had been decided that having kids slug the shit out of toy meant to resemble a life-size clown encouraged us to be too aggressive towards others. Pictures of the Palooka "bop bag" and "Punch Me" toys that I played with as a girl in the 1950s can be seen here:

https://www.facebook.com/DoYouRemember/photos/a.354157741312964/5124882997573724/

https://theliteratequilter.blogspot.com/search/label/vintage%20fashion

The advertising tagline for the Palooka bag was, "The Joe Palooka Bop Bag takes a terrific beating and comes right back for more.” LOL.

When I was a kid, girls did do a few physical activities that mainly girls seemed to do - such as hopscotch and the kind of rope jumping done when two people swing a rope held at either end, and others jump over it.

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/girls-jump-rope-in-zennor-road-news-photo/535313908?adppopup=true

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/girls-at-the-archbishop-tenison-school-in-lambeth-london-news-photo/530860254?adppopup=true

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/group-of-young-girls-jumping-rope-in-lincoln-park-chicago-news-photo/570181413?adppopup=true

But when I was a kid in the 1950s and 60s, girls did lots of other stuff that boys did too. I don't recall anyone being bothered by this back then, just as I don't recall anyone being bothered by it when I was raising young kids in the 1990s.

Was it just me or was there character that really looked like a girl was in the blue sport zone?