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Best Buys for Parents Looking for Empowering Kids Clothes

Best Buys for Parents Looking for Empowering Kids Clothes | Scarf Monkey
In this blog I point the way to some genuinely empowering t shirts for kids. If you’re looking for yet another t shirt telling a boy he’s ‘always awesome’, or a girl to ‘always be positive’ just pop down to your local supermarket. If you’re looking for something less gender stereotyped there’s definitely something for you here!

Top Twenty Gender Busting Kids T Shirts: Breaking gender norms

Top Twenty Gender Busting Kids T Shirts: Breaking gender norms | Scarf Monkey
Check out our Top Twenty gender busting kids t shirts! Are you frustrated by the endless sameness and gender mainstreaming on kids t shirts: kittens and princesses for girls, dinosaurs and ‘awesome dude’ t shirts for boys? We’ve found some great alternatives for you. 

Gender Stereotypes: Slogans on Kids Clothes

Gender Stereotypes: Slogans on Kids Clothes | Scarf Monkey
Frustrated by gender biased slogans on kid’s clothes? Here I share common gender stereotypes on our kids’ clothes, and why they are damaging. It’s not all bad news! We can avoid gender stereotypes on our kids’ clothes.

Gender Stereotypes: Representation on our Kids’ Clothes

Gender Stereotypes: Representation on our Kids’ Clothes | Scarf Monkey
I counted every named character on kids’ clothes in four high street shops and their online stores (Mickey Mouse, Peppa Pig, Snoopy, Wonder Woman etc). Here’s what I found out about the gender bias in our children’s clothes. 

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
I went on a bit of a hunt for Frozen clothes for kids, just as the film was released in the weeks before Christmas.  If I’m honest, it was rather depressing. The female Disney characters on girls’ clothes were all great: Anna and Elsa, light blue, a bit of snow, strong poses.  But it was the boys’ clothes that made me rather sad.

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.