We got given some John Lewis vouchers from our colleagues for Ellis’ birth and we used some for these two cute Donna Wilson outfits for him. The sun is 3-6 months, the moon 6-9 months. Obviously the sun one is pinkish (and is described as pink on the website) but to JL’s credit it is not listed in the girls section so we saw it.
This reminded me of a discussion I was involved in recently on the Sarah and Duck Facebook page. Which was actually a great discussion and for once did not deteriorate into talking cross purposes and shouting over each other as online things between strangers usually do! Sarah and duck fans are obviously just very civilised people 😉 Anyway, the background is that the Sarah and Duck people have started producing some clothing, but it’s just for girls*. Pink, slim fit with bows and puff sleeves. Now lots and lots of people were asking why no boys clothes, and made the point that just because the protagonist is a girl doesn’t mean S&D is or should be a show watched mainly by girls, which the fact that they made only girls clothes suggested.
Some other people then commented along the lines of ‘boys can wear pink you know, these are just kids clothes’ to which I made the point that obviously anyone *could* wear these clothes but we do live in a world where pink and bows and slim fit and puff sleeves say ‘girl’ so it really isn’t as easy as just putting their boys in these clothes. I mean Milo likes pink, and has some clothes with pink in, but I would never put him in those clothes with *all* those markers, because he does have to live in the society where that would be noticed, and not in a good way.
Anyway, to bring it back to the clothes we actually bought for Ellis, yay for Donna Wilson/John Lewis for introducing pink in unisex clothes and not labelling the pink thing as for girls! And here’s a picture of him in the smaller one – still a bit big (I took the picture just to show our colleagues), but you get the idea!
* there was also a white normal tshirt but it wasn’t very nice and anyway was also listed under girls clothes on Amazon. The S&D people did say they were looking into changing the category but had obviously not thought of that before.