Since having M I've become aware of a whole new area of children's clothing. It's not the blue stuff, or the green stuff, or the brown stuff, although there's plenty of that.
No, it's the crabs, and the whales, and the bears, and the lions, and the tigers, and the snails...
Why? Why don't these feature on my daughters' clothes? Well, obviously, I now realise, it's because they're boys' animals...
Before I had children I had no idea that animals were, or even could be, divided by gender (other than the obvious, is it a boy sheep or a girl sheep? sort of division). But it turns out they can. Someone, somewhere, has sat down with a list of animals and, Noah-like, sorted them out. The list probably looked something like this:
Reptiles and amphibians (all sorts), insects (all sorts except butterflies), lions and tigers (but not, it appears, leopards), hedgehogs, alsatians but not most other dogs, crustacea (all sorts), bears, sharks and whales, aardvarks, dragons.
Cats, rabbits, horses, most farmyard and domestic animals (though I remain uncertain about goats), all small rodents (except rats. Rats don't seem to feature strongly on children's clothes of either gender); dalmatians, dachshunds and yorkshire terriers, butterflies, fish (other than sharks) but not crustacea, seahorses (do they go with horses or fish, do you think?), birds (all sorts except parrots), zebras, unicorns.
Parrots, giraffes and elephants, turtles and most Australian mammals appear to be unisex.
But honestly, who decides this stuff? And what on earth are the rules?
ps The eagle-eyed among you may notice I've changed the title of this post. I woke up this morning and decided it wasn't very me. Not sure if that's allowed, but I've done it anyway...
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