Maybe girls can’t move unless they’re wearing short skirts? Or… Wait…

Technically, I’m writing an essay that’s due tonight, which is the exact reason why I’m blogging so much today.

I just wanted to share this “lovely” example of sexism for kids. This is a dance costume, obviously aimed at younger kids. Cute, a pair of overalls and a striped sweater in different colors, very suitable for a mixed group of kids.

Except the makers obviously saw the need to make two versions of the costume, one for girls and one for boys. The boys has trouser legs to below his knees, a real shirt while the girls have very short trouser legs and some sort of leotard with attachable sweater arms (I don’t even know what to call them…)

If ANYONE can tell me a single reason why there should be a boy and a girl version of this costume, a real reason, I’m listening.

(…I would also like to point out the heavy makeup and sexualized poses…)

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4 comments
  1. Love that you pointed this out. I can’t come up with a reason for it either but, I’d call them elbow warmers?

    xoxo,
    -E

    • Cicci said:

      Maybe the elbows in pre-teen girls are exceptionally sensitive to cold? It’s a new revelation, but imagine the press they could get!

  2. Someone should research it. 😉 I’m also curious why the boy isn’t wearing any makeup? I’ve never taken dance, but in theater classes, to give men equal advantage over their facial expressions, they always wore make up as well. What exactly would be the reason the girls needed dark red lips and heavy eye-liner and he didn’t? food for thought.

    • Cicci said:

      Boys, wear makeup?! Is that… even possible?!
      Surely you’re jesting…

      😉

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