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Gender Stereotypes: Animal designs on children’s clothes

Gender Stereotypes: Animal designs on children’s clothes | Scarf Monkey
Have you noticed on children's clothing that boys usually wear predators whilst girls wear prey? What subconscious message does this send to our children?

Gender Stereotypes: Can boys have heroines?

Gender Stereotypes: Can boys have heroines? | Scarf Monkey
'The problem is that none of the tops aimed at boys or aimed at being unisex included the actual lead female characters Anna or Elsa.  Not one. There were lots of Olaf the snowman on boys’ clothes ... but none of Anna, none of Elsa.  We are teaching gender stereotypes and reinforcing gender stereotypes when we don’t expect boys clothes to include female lead characters. 

Magical gender stereotypes. Why are fairies for girls?

Magical gender stereotypes. Why are fairies for girls? | Scarf Monkey
When it comes to magical creatures on our children’s clothes, the gender gap is wide, and neither girls or boys are on the winning team in my (not very humble) opinion. 

Girl Power Vs Boy Power - As parents, how can we fight the conditioning of our own upbringing?

Girl Power Vs Boy Power - As parents, how can we fight the conditioning of our own upbringing? | Scarf Monkey
... it got me thinking about the differences between raising boys and girls without gender prejudices. Of course, in an ideal world there wouldn't be any differences, but there are, or there are for me. So I'm going to take a bit of time to reflect on myself, on my own parenting

Girl Power T Shirts

Girl Power T Shirts | Scarf Monkey
For her school project, my daughter (the chicken) decided to study the differences between girls and boys t shirts in our local shops.  I knew what to expect ... but frankly I was shocked.

The Story of a Design - 'She Found a Sword' - Mini Blog

The Story of a Design - 'She Found a Sword' - Mini Blog | Scarf Monkey
This design came to me in two stages.  I had been mulling over various phrases for a while, things like: 'Why be a princess when you can be a warrior?' or 'fight like a girl', something to contrast a stereotypical princess with a fighting spirit.  It was pretty much on the back burner while I waited for a epiphany about what it would look like.

My Amazing Friend

My Amazing Friend | Scarf Monkey
Everyone thinks their friends are amazing, when really they are just kind or reliable or loyal or fun or smart or funny (not to be underestimated as character traits mind).  My friend Emma Moss is genuinely amazing, in fact she’s breathtaking: and I’d like you to meet her:

It's Time To Be Honest About Being a First Time Mum

It's Time To Be Honest About Being a First Time Mum | Scarf Monkey
This month marks ten years since the birth of my first child.  For me, this is a good time to reflect on what that experience was really like.  It's time we started sharing more honestly, because maybe, just maybe, we can make it easier for those who come after us.

Why do so many women fail at working full time after having children?

Why do so many women fail at working full time after having children? | Scarf Monkey
I feel in my bones that if we did a better job of helping women transition back into their careers after having children, that the dreadful stats about women's comparative pay and women's representation in the highest echelons' of business and society would improve.  The hard work comes well before they get near the top of the greasy pole; it comes when they first have kids, more accurately the first time they return to full time work.

Pitfalls of working from home - as a Business Owner Career Mum

Pitfalls of working from home - as a Business Owner Career Mum | Scarf Monkey

Pitfalls of working from home as a Business Owner Career Mum 

Loneliness: There's no getting around it, I spend an awful lot more time alone than I am used to. 

A Sizeable Debate

A Sizeable Debate | Scarf Monkey
Welcome to Scarf Monkey's Blog! 22nd August 2018 A Sizeable Debate! Girls and women's sizing makes me mad. Fire hopping mad. Let me start with the little girls ...

What about the boys?

What about the boys? | Scarf Monkey

This is definitely the question I get asked the most: 'Lots of your designs would work on boys' t-shirts, why don't you do boys t-shirts too?'.  It's a good question, especially as I have a deliciously beautiful boy.