October 12th, 2013

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An Exchange Concerning Gender at the Children's Museum

On our way in to the children's museum the other morning, Morgan got distracted by some colorful flower decals on the front window. The boy coming in behind us remarked upon this fact:

boy: I bet she likes the flowers because she's a girl.
me: I think she likes the flowers because they're colorful.
boy: And girls like flowers, and she's a girl.
me: The other thing she really likes right now is trucks.

I was actually kind of impressed that he gendered her correctly, given that she was dressed entirely in navy blue. I think it's the hair clip. As far as I can tell, kids are still looking mostly at her hair for gender cues, while adults rely more on clothing.