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Author Paoletti, Jo Barraclough, 1949-

Title Pink and blue : telling the boys from the girls in America / Jo B. Paoletti
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 169 pages) : illustrations
Contents Understanding Children's Clothing -- Dresses Are for Girls and Boys -- Pants Are for Boys and Girls -- A Boy Is Not a Girl -- Pink Is for Boys -- Unisex Child Rearing and Gender-Free Fashion -- Gendered and Neutral Clothing since 1985
Summary "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 gender in American children's clothing. She chronicles the decline of the white dress for both boys and girls, the introduction of rompers in the early 20th century, the gendering of pink and blue, the resurgence of unisex fashions, and the origins of today's highly gender-specific baby and toddler clothing"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Boys' clothing -- United States -- History.
Clothing and dress -- Sex differences -- United States.
Girls' clothing -- United States -- History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011039889
ISBN 0253001307 (electronic bk.)
9780253001306 (electronic bk.)