Some Marvel-lous present ideas

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MUM’S THE WORD -

Ide­cided to treat my­self as it was pay day re­cently, but as is usu­ally the case when I visit a cer­tain fash­ion out­let, I soon found my­self in the chil­dren’s depart­ment. Win­ter’s on its way, so maybe a jumper for the youngest, and with a birth­day on the hori­zon for her sis­ter maybe get a few ideas for the big day.

I have been lis­ten­ing out for hints as to what she might like in the way of presents. And there is no doubt lead­ing the way is any­thing to do with Marvel Avengers.

She isn’t old enough to see the films but has mar­velled at a cartoon se­ries we found on a satel­lite chan­nel re­cently - a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from Thun­der­birds, which she also likes, I guess.

And wow, what a selec­tion - jog­ging bot­toms, socks, shorts, t-shirts, coats, you name it, all em­blazened with the likes of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spi­der Man and her cur­rent favourite, Cap­tain Amer­ica.

And then it struck me. It was all in the boys’ sec­tion. No one, and I mean no one, does cloth­ing for girls fea­tur­ing any of her favourite su­per­heroes.

Her pride and joy at bed­time (in­deed any time she can get away with wear­ing them) are her Cap­tain Amer­ica py­ja­mas - which, of course are meant for boys.

Don’t get me wrong, she knows they are for boys but thank­fully couldn’t care less.

And the same ap­plies to what­ever else comes her way.

But it has started to strike me as odd why man­u­fac­tur­ers in­sist on girls’ py­ja­mas be­ing so “girlie”- you just can’t move for Dis­ney prin- cesses.

It is not just su­per­heroes, mind. Her younger sis­ter (well both of them if truth is told) loves Paw Patrol and like most chil­dren her favourites are Chase and Mar­shall, who just hap­pen to be male dogs.

Can you buy a nightie or set of py­ja­mas for a girl fea­tur­ing those two? No chance, they are for boys, ob­vi­ously. Girls’ nightwear fea­tures the fe­male Pa­trollers - Ever­est and Skye.

So younger sis­ter - who in­sisted on hav­ing them after see­ing them on the shelf also wears boys’ jim­jams.

And it doesn’t end there. They went through a phase where Peppa Pig was the big­gest thing in their lives - but it is the boys’ aisle again if you want some­thing with just Ge­orge Pig at bed­time.

I am sure par­ents of boys face sim­i­lar dilem­mas, so maybe the an­swer is “mer­chan­dise ar­eas” and leave lit­tle ones to wear ex­actly what they want with­out their gen­der com­ing into it.

Like mil­lions of TV view­ers I was gripped once again by Dr Foster - surely a Baftaw­in­ning per­for­mance fromSu­ranne Jones . I was dragged into, as the writ­ers in­tended, the nasty­bat­tle be­tween the medic and her bitter ex-hus­band, both out to win at all costs. And for me, this made the end­ing - crit­i­cised in some quar­ters all the more poignant.

It wasn’t about the squabling grown-ups at all, was it; it was the poor son, caught up in the mid­dle and used as a bro­ken re­la­tion­ship foot­ball.

A les­son for all par­ents.

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