Childrearing

10 Nursery Signs For Your Bouncing Baby Bundle Of Sexist Stereotypes

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A few minutes spent perusing Etsy’s collection of nursery signs for boys and girls is a good way to exceeded the FDA’s recommended daily amount of sexist tropes in just a few excruciating minutes. While none of the signs are too troubling when considered individually (okay, while most of the signs aren’t too troubling when considered individually), taken altogether, they paint an oppressively pink-and-blue picture.

girl vs boy definition(via)

There are about a trillion iterations of these two signs, neither of which really works for my household. Our would have to say something more like “Girl, n.:  a velociraptor noise wrapped in cream cheese and bagel crumbs”, and “Boy, n.:  a chuckle wrapped in peanut butter.”

god's grace tiny face(via)

You can find this sign in every variety of pink and purple hues, but none in blue or red or green, because signs intended for boys don’t revolve around their looks as if it’s the be-all-end-all of their interest to the world.

happy girls prettiest girls(via)

Yes, this is an Audrey Hepburn quote. No, that still wouldn’t make me want to hang it on my daughter’s nursery wall. I would kind of like her to be happy for the sake of being happy, not to give other people something nice to look at.

little boys are superheroes in disguise(via)

Another sign you can find in droves for boys–themed with Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-man, and whoever else a kid might love as a favorite hero. But searching an equivalent sign for girls turned up exactly two signs, one of which features no superhero logos at all (but which is at least non-pink) and one of which has a weird generic fake pink Spider-man sort of thing on it. Superheroes are for baby girls too! As long as they have really low standards.

what little girls are for(via)

Little boy signs are about all the things they’re going to accomplish and do. Signs for little girls are about how they exist to be passively adored.

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