I have a baby. He’s of the boy persuasion. I’ve noticed something about baby clothes.
Clothes for boy babies have cars on. Or sometimes dinosaurs.
From the time they are born, boys are being groomed to be either Jeremy Clarkson, or Ross from friends.
Clothes for girl babies have flowers or animals on.
Now you can dismiss this as unimportant, and say baby clothes don’t really matter and I should be worrying about benefit cuts and women’s refuges shutting down instead (I worry about those things too, I promise!). But it seems to me that while the car is seen as the key signifier of maleness in our society, so much so that little boys have to be dressed in them from the minute they are born, then we aren’t going to get anywhere with saving the planet.
Cos if cars are the signifier of maleness, then asking someone to use their car less is the equivalent to cutting their dick off. And caring about the planet is a girl thing. And we get these messages from so incredibly young that it’s hard to shift them with facts and logic. So I think baby clothes DO actually matter. And maybe that’s the place we have to start changing things from.