Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10 of Feminist Joys: Babies in Gender-Neutral Clothes

Recently I met a guy who used to be a close friend, though we’ve drifted apart a bit in the last few years (though we sat and talked for half a day and only parted because we had to — I had a flight to catch — with some old friends, you can pick up the threads again). He is a new father, and talked of his little daughter with affection and amazement. He informed me proudly that they are dressing her in gender neutral clothes.

“We didn’t know she was going to be a girl, so we had both kinds of clothes. Why waste them.”

I know it’s easier to dress a girl in ‘boys clothes’ than it is to do it the other way around. But after seeing new, apparently liberal fathers refuse unmacho names and accessories for their boys, this made me happy.

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