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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. 1. Understanding Children’s Clothing
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 19. Dresses Are for Girls and Boys
  2. pp. 19-41
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  1. 3. Pants Are for Boys and Girls
  2. pp. 42-59
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  1. 4. A Boy is not a Girl
  2. pp. 60-84
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  1. 5. Pink Is for Boys
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. 6. Unisex Child Rearing and Gender-Free Fashion
  2. pp. 100-116
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  1. 7. Gendered and Neutral Clothing Since 1985
  2. pp. 117-139
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 149-155
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 157-169
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253001306
Related ISBN
9780253001177
MARC Record
OCLC
864844624
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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