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Pigeonholed in Pink

Andrew J. Rotherham

Girls shouldn't have to shop in the boys' section to find durable, outdoor-friendly, livable clothing. This is about more than fashion. Every time I have to take (my daughters) to the boys' section of a clothing store to get a decent flannel shirt or a pair of pants that won't tear on the first briar it meets, it sends a not-so-subtle signal to them that they're not doing "girl" things. Some kids don't care. Overall, though, it's asking a lot of nine-year-olds to completely buck a value system they see all around them.