Essay on The Gender Of A Baby

991 Words Jan 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Today we use certain colours to identify the gender of a baby, however although it is a norm in society it has only recently been introduced. Pink and blue were not promoted as gender signifiers until shortly before WW1. Up until then children would wear gender neutral clothing. For example, the picture below shows a little boy in 1884 in a white dress - this was common clothing for children up to the age of 6 during this time.
Up until the 1940s boys were associated with pink as it was seen as the stronger colour, and girls with blue because it was perceived to be dainty. In the 1940s the colours switched as a result of preferences interpreted by the manufactures and retailers. Due to the women’s liberation movement unisex baby clothes came back in to fashion; pink and blue then returned as signifiers of gender in the mid 80s due to the development of prenatal testing. This is an example of Simone’s idea of “one is not born, but becomes a woman”, as society was pushing a gender stereotype onto children before they could decide anything for themselves. Thus meaning that children are now more likely to grow up liking things that are associated with their gender. An article titled ‘There’s no good reason to push pink toys on girls’ written by Melissa Hines mentions that only after a certain age do children start to prefer certain colours.
The article also states that around the age of three children are searching for what other children of the same gender like. Girls see that…

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