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Gender stereotypes that used to be the exact opposite


Little boys have always been made of slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails, right? And little girls have always been made of sugar and spice and everything nice? Not necessarily, as Cracked points out. As it happens, at least five modern gender stereotypes used to be the exact opposite. For example:

Luckily, all our gender issues were heartily resolved by the 1910s, when it was decided that we’d assign colors to each “team”: blue was for girls and pink was for boys. No, that’s not a typo: A 1918 editorial from Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department stated that pink was “a more decided and stronger color … more suitable for the boy; while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” It makes sense: Pink is the color of a nice, raw, manly steak, or the blood of your enemies splattered on a white uniform.

Full story at Cracked.

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