Boys are taught from a young age that fashion and makeup are a girls domain, that it is taboo for them to want to experiment and be playful with their appearance. I think it is so important for them to see men who will push boundaries and demonstrate that it’s absolutely fine for boys to… Read More Men can experiment with makeup and fashion – David Bowie portrait
It is very important to me that both my children grow up knowing that they do not have to change who they are, that they do not need to limit themselves just because society is so attached to restrictive gender roles. There are loads of incredible female role models for little girls – loads of… Read More Inspiring boys to break the mould
I’ve been thinking about this case recently, where an eight month old has been issued a health card which does not mention their sex. The reason given for this is that the parent wants to ensure they grow up “the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the… Read More Raising a child gender free
My kids have reached that age. Now the infuriating conversations have started. “Boys do this, girls don’t” “That’s a girls toy” “Girls don’t like that” No matter that, up until this point, I’ve always encouraged both children to play with and like whatever they want. I’ve been very clear that there are no “boys toys”… Read More “That’s a boy thing”
Thanks to my gender I’ve known from a very young age that the expectations for me were radically different than the expectations for a child born to the opposite gender. Thanks to my gender I was taught that it was preferable to be; – caring (even towards those who would hurt us – sometimes especially towards them)… Read More Being an angry woman – and why it scares me
I was very lucky as a child to have a mother who adored books, and she passed this love of reading on to me. I would read anything I could get my hands on (my mother ended up hiding her horror collection from me), from The BFG to Little Women, Goosebumps to The Famous Five,… Read More Let Books Be Books – where’s the harm?
I assume you’ve seen the Goldieblox advert by now? If not, have a look, see what you think. First things first, I love the visuals of the advert. The idea of taking all these passive, pink, pretty things and turning them into some huge, fun, house sized chain reaction feat of engineering. That is excellent… Read More “You like to buy us pink toys and everything else is for boys”