Comments on: All I want for Christmas is… /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/ A feminist pop culture adventure Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:47:34 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sarah Cook /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-460 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:28:05 +0000 In reply to Sheila.

Oh yes…

Cos you aren’t a REAL WOMAN unless a man buys you this giant glittery thing and then trots you around places wearing it like some sort of portable ornament and wealth-display device.

I’m sorry. I just had a moment.

By: Miranda /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-459 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:23:46 +0000 In reply to Hodge.


By: Hodge /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-458 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:46:21 +0000 In reply to Jenni.

Not me, but an interesting idea. The most famous example of a historical boy wearing blue would have to be this:
while, around the same time, Thomas Lawrence did this painting of a twelve-year-old girl known to friends and family as ‘Pinkie’:
(Incidentally, there’s an exhibition on Thomas Lawrence at the National Portrait Gallery, which I am determined to see at some point. Almost certainly worth a look if you’re interested in this sort of society-portrait type stuff).

By: Jenni /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-457 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:23:18 +0000 In reply to Russell.

Was it on one of Hodge’s posts I read that little girls used to wear blue because it was thought ‘calming’ whereas little boys wore pink as it was like red and therefore more masculine? Just proves how weird it all is.

By: Custard /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-456 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:33:16 +0000 In reply to Hodge.

YES. Gendered gift recommendations often seem to be the suckiest, token/shallow yet very expensive tat. Probably the stuff that’s impossible to convince people to buy for themselves.

By: Custard /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-455 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:31:40 +0000 In reply to Adam.

Can’t tell if it’s just the catagory headings, or if you really do have both a husband and a girlfriend. In my head that’s a really happy image.

By: Sheila /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-454 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:02:06 +0000 Outstanding..and let’s not forget the nauseating jewelry commercials rammed down our throats right now. Great post!

By: Russell /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-453 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:36:33 +0000 In reply to Jenni.

I hadn’t read those stories about the girl getting bullied for liking “boy” things, but all of those links are very enlightening about how this type of targeted marketing to young kids is damaging and leads to bullying and repression. Thanks for linking me to them.

By: Russell /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-452 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:54:06 +0000 In reply to Stephen B.

I’ve heard blue is planning some sort of legal challenge. In a statement today, blue said:

“I come in all sorts of feminine-friendly shades, including baby blue, royal blue and violet. So why is pink regarded as the supreme female colour? It’s just a shade of red really.”

There are also campaigns stirring for baby blue to be renamed “bink”.

By: Jenni /2010/12/14/all-i-want-for-christmas-is/#comment-451 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:37:22 +0000 In reply to Russell.

These are both great links on boys who like ‘girl’ stuff.

And funny you should mention the girl who likes Star Wars…