Pink clothes for boys

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 12.29.54 pmMy five-year-old son loves pink clothes and has done from the moment he could see clothes hanging in a shop and knew we had money to buy them. I’ve talked about this on my Facebook page before but here I am again, more than two years later, with the same problem.

I cannot find (easily accessible) pink clothes for boys.

Look, men wear pink business shirts (and I know many of us LOVE a man in a pink business shirt); a local surf lifesaving club up here has fluorescent pink shirts on their members; and male tennis champions (e.g. Nadal, Kyrgios, Federer) are wearing it on the the tennis court. To my knowledge, nothing bad has happened in the world because of these things. No hell broke out, no locusts appeared, no cracks in the mantle of the earth, no worm holes in space. It’s all very normal. But start saying that a little boy wants to wear pink and people start getting shifty… oh, what does that mean? oh, do you think… you know? oh, what are you going to do? 

Why can’t young boys were pink too?

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Go into any big chain store and most of the smaller ones and you’ll find clothes that are ubiquitously blue, green, black and white with a smattering of red or yellow if you’re lucky, and to be honest, a whole heap of it is ugly. (For the record, I think there are problems with girls’ clothes too, not least the sexualisation of tiny children, but for now we’ll just stick with the boys’ dilemma of lack of choice.)

Why must we take some sort of hard line action on small boys, as though we must FORCE them to realise that THEY ARE BOYS and BOYS simply DON’T wear pink!!! Seriously, what are we afraid of here? Their role models–grown up men with grown up jobs–are wearing it. It’s time, people. It’s time to bring the little boy clothing line to the modern day.

Please, if you are a designer, I want to talk to you. There is a market for this and I am that passionate about it that I on the verge of creating my own clothing line for boys. They deserve choice too.

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(Pictures sourced just by googling pink shirts for business, surf lifesavers and male tennis players.)

Film Review: Battle of the Sexes

Just Fabulous!

I went to see this film because I love both Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the two stars, and I have been known to spend many hours on the couch during the Australian Open, indulging in tennis. I was not disappointed.

Stone plays Bille Jean King and Carell plays Bobby Riggs, both tennis greats in the USA, who played a match in 1973 to see who was the greater player.The-Battle-of-the-Sexes-Poster

I have so much to say about this film and yet, just like the film, I want to leave a lot of space around it. There are so many unsaid things in this story, so much quiet to hear the words that are almost to painful for both characters to express–sexuality, for King, and a gambling addiction for Riggs. Compassion overflows throughout the dialogue and story, and Carell doesn’t disappoint; he is as fabulously funny as ever, with real depths of pathos to his role.

This film made me uncomfortable in the sense that it was difficult to watch the truly disgraceful disparity in male and female power in that era (and the appalling way female tennis players were treated), and the icy feeling that, in truth, not much has changed.

(Also, can we pause a moment to feel some respect for Australian champion Margaret Court who was travelling halfway around the world WITH A BABY and couldn’t even afford a decent hotel room let alone a nanny?!?)

I loved this film through and through.

4.5 stars