Proud That Your Daughter Bailed on Pink Princess Dresses? Maybe Don’t Be

A six-year-old girl declaring her hatred of pink has basically internalized sexism

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Children absorb the hierarchies of different gender groups, intuiting that boys and boy stuff have more status than girls and girl stuff.

Excerpted from “Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different by Lisa Selin Davis. Copyright © 2020. Available from Hachette Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Author of TOMBOY: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different; writer of essays and articles; worrier; wonderer; no longer a wanderer.

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