Sociological Images is ruining my life. I can spend hours looking at their images tracking….well, everything (God and the U.S. dollar) but especially the evolution of gender: there’s their current Lego series; the periodic rants on pet ownership; how video game ads have changed; men’s/women’s toilet signs from around the world and the take-down of Zoe Deschanel-style “manic Pixie dream girls” (a term coined by Nathan Rabin at A.V. Club and further explained by Feminist Frequency). Things you never think about, never notice, but that shape us all the same. Love. LOVE!!!
One of my favorites, is from about a year ago: a round-up of products for kids. Among them, onesies that include a list of “ingredients” on the tummy. What are boys made of? Love, energy, and dirt:
And girls? love, beauty and kindness:
Then there’s this photo of ride-aboard trucks at Target:
The boys’ version is red and is, appropriately, called a Lil’ Fire Truck Ride-On. The pink version, on the other hand, is the Lil’ Princess Ride-On — because apparently there’s no appropriate vehicle to define as “girly,” so the easiest way to gender the toy was just to call it a thing for princesses and be done with it:
And finally a set of receiving blankies for newborns. Blue for the “little man”:
and pink for the “little cupcake” (in case, as SI quips, your baked goods are cold)
Again, I thought this was 2012, but apparently we have all been catapulted back to the set of “Mad Men.”
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