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So, the Early Learning Centre are dicks. From their website:

"For the little princess in the family we have great feminine outfits like Butterfly Fairy, Sleeping Beauty, Ballerina and Nurse’s uniform. Why not add a medical case for that extra touch of authenticity.
...
The boys are catered for too, with great Doctor, Policeman & Fireman uniforms, not to mention fantastic Pirate and Knight costumes. All these can be combined with a range of accessories so your child will really look the part."

Good thing those boys are catered to with doctor and fireman uniforms! Girls hate being catered to with unisex professions, donchaknow.

You can write to them/complain here.

In response to your 'children's dressing up outfits' page (http://www.elc.co.uk/children%27s-dressing-up-outfits/5540,default,sc.html)

The description on this page makes me extremely angry. In ascribing 'princesses, fairies and nurses' to girls and 'doctors, policemen and firemen' to boys you are participating in outdated and harmful gender stereotyping. Not only that, but the pictures for each costume are rigidly gendered as well - even for costumes that are universally known and accepted to be worn by any gender!

Children, and by extension parents, do not need to be told who should be wearing what costume. If a little girl wants to dress up as a princess, so be it. Same for a little boy. And by implying that boys get the doctor costume while girls get to be a nurse, well... you must be able to see how problematic that is. Please reconsider your descriptions on this page, and change them to something more supportive of young people and their self-expression. Parents and children both will thank you.

Date: 2011-08-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebellibrarian.livejournal.com
Hello and congratulations! I stopped by after seeing [livejournal.com profile] devifemme and I'm so glad to see this website totally changed the description!

Yay for you!

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