The debate over gender issues in children’s toys has been long-running. You know the “rules”: Dolls are meant for girls and trucks are for boys. Well, now an organization called Pinkstinks is putting up a fight against old stereotypes and targeting one store specifically–the U.K.-based retailer Sainsbury. You see, Sainsbury has been selling children’s dress-up outfits, including doctor’s coats, superhero capes, and soldier costumes labeled “boy” and nurse outfits labeled “girl.” Last time I checked this was 2010, not 1940, and my best girlfriend was in medical school. Thankfully, Pinkstinks got their message across, and Sainsbury has not only removed their gender-based costumes, but also plans to release a new line of clothing, sans boy or girl tags. A spokesman for the company said: “We made the change as we feel it isn’t acceptable to suggest that certain professions are the reserve of any gender.” What do you think? Justice served? [News Shopper] Keep reading »
Dating is hard as it as, so just imagine what it would be like your if parents were Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger. You’d have to worry about whether someone was dating you because you’re you, or because your dad either (a) starred in “Die Hard” or (b) was the Terminator. That must be pretty awkward when you are trying to play the field. But if you are the child of a celeb, who better to shack up with then someone who also has famous parents? I guess that’s what Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver) and Tallulah Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) were thinking. The rumor (not Rumer Willis—that’s a different Willis girl) is that these two are the newest Tinsel Town item. I really hope they don’t break each other’s hearts. Can’t you just picture the Governator and Bruce duking it out? Now that would be a fight! [New York Post]
After the jump, some more celeb children who we’d like to see date.
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We all troll The Sartorialist for style inspiration and general lusting for items of clothing and shoes that we’ll never be able to afford. But now there’s Planet Awesome Kid, which is basically like a miniature version of everyone’s favorite street style photographs. Julia Samersova, a model agent and casting director, created the site to basically showcase the brilliant style of pint-sized fashion trendsetters. There’s a little boy in gold sneakers, a girl who has a penchant for mixing patterns and a teeny updated version of Danny Zuko from “Grease.” Sure, some of these children were dressed by their parents, but you have to agree that sometimes, kids are just more creative, and sometimes more stylish. Keep reading »
And now for the latest in vomit-inducing trends: personal shoppers for toddlers. Over in the U.K., the Daily Mail reports that big-time department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols have come to specialize in the growing field of baby fashion, which has mothers clamoring for tiny Uggs, miniature Dior blazers, and Fendi scarves. These moms, however, don’t want to deal with the oh-so onerous task of dressing their kids themselves, so they’ve enlisted the services of personal shoppers at sky-high prices—Harrods clients must spend a minimum of about $4,000.
What does a mom get out of one of these style consultations? Here’s an excerpt where a stylist advises a black sequin mini-dress: “This is fabulous, but we’ll have to see how the color works — that complexion is begging for pinks and purples.” Naturally. Who are these people? Keep reading »
We get it with the whole parenting thing—once you have a kid, the house goes from something like looking like a Design Within Reach showroom to a backdrop for a Disney cartoon. For the parent who wishes to maintain a high-design pad, there’s a litany of concept toys out there on the market—like these Home On The Go dollhouses, which feature streamlined, Jetson-esque miniatures in artistic color schemes. Either, the kid who plays with this has one heck of an imagination … or she grows up with a cold, cynical outlook on what constitutes a warm, friendly home.
What’s that, honey? You wanted a Malibu Barbie Dream House? Sorry dear, it clashes with the Eames rocking chair. [Swiss-Miss.com] Keep reading »
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. And then a firefighter. Then a marine biologist. Then a screenwriter. But according to a study of 3,000 kids in the U.K., today’s pre-teens have very, very different goals: Twelve percent want to be sports stars; eleven percent want to be pop stars; and 11 percent want to be famous actors. That means that more than a third of kids today want to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. And while there’s sure to still be a lot of reality TV slots available when they come of age, what’s gonna happen when this fame thing doesn’t pan out for 99 percent of them—are we going to have an entire generation in therapy because the paparazzi isn’t stalking their every move? After the jump, see how today’s kids’ career goals stack up against those of 25 years ago. And chime in on whether you think we’re going to hell in a handbasket or not.
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American Apparel: the store people either love to hate or hate to love. As for us, we go back and forth, at times comically appalled by its hijinks and shenanigans, other times in love with its new fashions. Shopping at American Apparel can feel like a guilty pleasure—you know you’re buying into hipster culture, yet you’re going to be just as happy to purchase the same zip-up hoodie that everyone else has.
Then there’s this, which does make us question the company’s true moral barometer. (Even though the latest scandal involved an ad which looked like teenage porn, the model was 23 — so, there’s no real legal encroachment there.) While the kids line is nothing new, these leg warmer items and the little one wearing them are. Seriously? That girl is practically a toddler and already practicing her Playboy poses. [American Apparel] Keep reading »
Twisted Twee is offering this decidedly provocative shirt for the kids. Yes, that is a shirt for a child. And it has a set of sequin, tasseled pasties on it. Of the sort, say, a stripper, or, you know, a burlesque dancer would wear, and not, uh, a child. Also? It’s described as “Something for the Evening.” Weird. Perhaps this is some British sense of humor thing that I am missing? (The company is based in the UK.) Here are some other tops that are funny if you think coupling the letters of the alphabet with things that could fatally harm a child is amusing. Although, I do like these “Obama” kids’ underpants. What do you think of this ostensibly for kids fashion line? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
A woman in England is giving OctoMom, the Gosselins, and the Duggars a run for their money. Theresa Winters is pregnant with her 14th child, but she’s never actually raised any of her other 13 kids past the age of two. Social Services keeps taking them! After the perpetually-pregnant mother was “taken into care” when she was younger, Social Services deemed her unfit to care for her children. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
If you thought the easiest way to tell the financial status of a woman was by the kind of car she drives, the size of her diamonds, or how affected her accent is, guess again. A new “scientific” study claims that wealthier woman have more sons than daughters. Um, ohh-kay. A group of Dutch researchers — it’s always the Dutch, isn’t it? — studied 95,000 Rwandan women to test an evolutionary theory that suggests “when conditions are good, and babies are likely to be healthy, a mother’s best chance of passing on her genes to another generation is to have boys.” When conditions are bad, however, and pregnant women are malnourished and more likely to have sickly or weak babies, it makes more “evolutionary sense to have a girl who does not face competition to become pregnant to continue the family line.” In the polygamous tradition of Rwanda where high-ranking wives tend to have more influence and income, they have, on average more sons than daughters (99 daughters for every 100 sons). Lower-ranking, poorer wives, on the other hand, have 106 daughters for every sons. So, there you have it — scientific proof that Victoria Beckham is rich. [via DailyMail] Keep reading »