Saturday, April 9, 2011

In the photo, young FDR's facial expression seems to say, "Are we sure this is 'gender neutral' attire?"

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine:

FDR via Smithsonian

We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s outfit was considered gender-neutral.

But nowadays people just have to know the sex of a baby or young child at first glance, says Jo B. Paoletti, a historian at the University of Maryland and author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, to be published later this year. Thus we see, for example, a pink headband encircling the bald head of an infant girl.
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