It is a PICTURES POST. This is not liable to be very interesting for those of you who can’t look at pics, shoo, go look at something else.
DID YOU KNOW that guys do not like crafts, baking, romances, celebrities, or adorable pictures of animals (this last must be a surprise to literally the entire Internet)? DID YOU KNOW that all guys love sports, science fiction, business books, and comics? I feel like they’re confused here about whether we’re shopping for Generic Geek Archetype (who is, of course, always male, all the girls are fake geek girls who hate comics and dress up as superheroines for no reason) or Generic Guy Archetype.
A lovely bit of retro-sexism found on Tumblr somewhere… sew lace on your boy’s shirt and then he’ll tuck it in! Because lacy shirts on guys are literally the most embarrassing thing EVER. (Also, is it just me, or is it really fucked to not allow kids to pick out their own outfits within reason? If dude doesn’t want lace on his shirt don’t put lace on his shirt, jeez.)
This is from Queer Secrets, a blog I highly recommend reading if you happen to be possessed of the mistaken opinion that queer people are any more sensible than straight people. (We’re not. We’re really, really not.) I would just like to point out that this is a classic example of the Nice Girl ™ in the wild and supports my contention that Nice Person ™ ing is not a behavior limited to any one gender. “I’m nice, and yet straight women refuse to date me! Clearly the fact that I am also a girl has nothing to do with this! It must be because all women like jerks! I am positively seething with resentment and entitlement.”
And a moment of awesome: a Swedish toy catalogue has gone gender-neutral! Fuck yeah, boys with dolls and dollhouses!
This could also happen in the US: a New Jersey teen is petitioning the CEO of Hasbro to feature boys in advertising of Easy-Bake Ovens. Over thirty thousand people have already signed. This is fucking awesome.