Category: Rant

Overheard at the surgery while waiting for my appointment:

Receptionist carrying beautiful baby, dressed in white onesy.

Doctor: What a handsome boy!

Receptionist (aghast): It’s a GIRL!

Doctor: Oh I’m so sorry. I just thought it was a boy. You know. She’s all dressed in white.

Later one when called into room:

Doctor: She must have inherited that white outfit from her brothers?

Tasmiya: Um….Yes, yes she did. She did get lots of pink and purple clothing from friends and relatives, though!

Doctor: Oh, that’s great, isn’t it?


See, I just don’t get it. I just don’t get it. Babies look EXACTLY the same with their nappies on. EXACTLY. You can’t tell a girl from a boy from anything in between. You can’t! So I’m not really offended if someone thinks I am carrying a boy when my child is a girl (although I would just love once for someone to just say..”What a lovely BABY!” instead of first having to find out the gender.)

And I while I don’t agree with it, I do see that for the most part here in this country, pink,flowery and nurturing for girls, and blues, death, destruction and mayhem for boys. And I could go on and on about that right here but others have done it so much better than I ever could. BUT there are also gender neutral colours – yellow, green, red and up until the other day I would have said white.

WHEN WHEN did white become a colour exclusively for boys?? And why why why do I always feel the need to go along with it when people mention it. The truth is, what my daughter was wearing that day was NOT a hand me down. It was a brand new WHITE with no other colour onesy! But not wanting to cause a fuss, I just pretended like it wasn’t brand new and to make the doctor feel better, I even reassured her that she has plenty of pink and purple at home.


At my wit’s end.

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