Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America
Jo B. Paoletti's journey through the history of children's clothing began when she posed the question, "When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue?" To uncover the answer, she looks at advertising, catalogs, dolls, baby books, mommy blogs and discussion forums, and other popular media to examine the surprising shifts in attitudes toward color as a mark of ge...more
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This is my sitting-at-the-kitchen-table read. It's interesting and thought-provoking. For instance:
"It's not unusual to hear modern people describe Victorian babies as being dressed like girls; thi ...more
I started reading "Pink and Blue" after reading several pop-science books that are really chatty, joke-y, and gossipy. I expected this slim volume to have a similar tone, but it was much more sober. It's very clearly written and easy to read and comprehend, and very engagin ...more
The topics covered are interesting and lead up to modern day, within the past 5 years, which was great. Each cultural shift comes with good examples that I could easily visualize. The unisex clothing section reminded me of the pictures of my mom's childhood. Being born in '89 I can de ...more
The books shows just how hard the hammer flattens anything that threatens conventional patriarch ...more
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I'm enjoying the book but haven't picked it up in a while.