Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Gender Divide

Via Moonrat, I discovered this the other day - the resurrection of a long out-of-print children's book, I'm Glad I'm A Boy! I'm Glad I'm A Girl! It's less than 40 years old - unnerving to think that gender-stereotyping was so rigid and unself-conscious as recently as that. (Follow the link to view the whole book.)
I found this one below to be one of the less objectionable juxtapositions.

It reminded me of a favourite line - on relationships and matrimony - from one of those roundups of 'Cute things kids say' that was circulating on the Internet a few years ago: "If you're going to get married, it's important that you should like some of the same things. Like, if you like watching sports.... she should like it that you like watching sports. And bring you chips'n'dip."

Ah, but where is a girl like that to be found???

1 comment:

stuart said...

Great find, Froog.

Related to about the same era of thought, the gender stereotyping - or downright sexism - portrayed in tv's excellent Mad Men is a noteworthy aspect of the drama series.

Makes me wonder how I ever managed to develop into such a fine feminist.