I’m glad to see store the issue of gender
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,