I’m glad to see store the is­sue of gen­der

Evening Express (City Final) - - Cat Cubie -

DONNA where’s your troosers? Last week, it was re­ported John Lewis had done away with girls’ and boys’ cloth­ing and re­la­belled all their kids’ clob­ber gen­der-neu­tral.

It comes af­ter many par­ents have be­come frus­trated with the stereo­types that are so com­mon in chil­dren’s clothes. “I’m So Pretty” blush the girls’ tees, while the boys’ tops claim they are su­per­heroes in the mak­ing. Un­sur­pris­ingly, not every­one has agreed with their

Kids should be kids, and clothes should just be clothes

de­ci­sion. Then, this week, al­most like the move had set off a game of domi­noes, it was re­ported that a cou­ple are threat­en­ing to sue their son’s pri­mary school be­cause it al­lowed a boy in his class to wear a dress. There’s no skirt­ing the is­sue now: what should it be, only pink dresses for girls and blue trousers for boys?

Well, long be­fore men started wear­ing what we call trousers, ev­ery­body wore skirts in one form or another; loin­cloths, tu­nics, to­gas and, of course, the mighty kilt. And why not? Skirts are eas­ier to make and swishier to wear. Then we started rid­ing horses and the more prac­ti­cal leg-cov­er­ing trooser was born, but mainly for the men­folk who tended to be the ones do­ing the can­ter­ing.

Women car­ried on kit­ting them­selves out in skirts and it wasn’t re­ally un­til well into last cen­tury that West­ern lassies started wear­ing the trousers, so to speak. Since then, fash­ion has be­come more fluid. Young blokes favour­ing “ladies’” skin­nies and women pick­ing up their “boyfriend” jeans.

Clothes can be prac­ti­cal, they can be fan­ci­ful,

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