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We girls had to wear skirts or dresses to school, and that was a public school -- but longer ago than your school days, I assume.  The only exception (did I mention this before?) was that in winter we could wear snow pants or leggings (which were made of heavy wool fabric) on our way to school, but once we got there, we had to remove them.  (We generally wore them under our skirt, so it was easy enough to take them off, even with boys around.)

Oh, and one other exception -- we were required to wear hideous one-piece gym suits with bloomers for legs.  Bloomers!!!  Here's an article (with picture) about those gym suits (which I'm sure I linked to once before).

But in general, we were required to wear skirts at school.  And they had to cover our knees.

Most of us wore jeans or shorts after school, but I had a friend whose parents wouldn't let her (due to their religion).  She told me that when her family went swimming (in a creek, I believe, not a public pool), she and her sisters would wear old dresses.  But I think most fundamentalist denominations nowadays allow women to wear trousers -- though they might not allow it in church or school.

 

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You'd think the toothbrush people would realize that even some girls prefer blue, or green, or yellow -- wouldn't you?

All the blue and green toothbrushes had monsters on them. I am sure some kinds like monsters but I would have been terrified of them when I was little and blue was already my favorite color back then so I would have been unhappy with the selection as well.

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Has that been resolved yet?

I agree with your later post, you really need to let her know -- as gently and as vaguely as possible -- that it really isn't your sort of thing.  If you're lucky, she bought it because she likes it -- would it fit her?  If so, you could follow up the "not my sort of thing" line by suggesting that she keep it and enjoy it.

On the other hand, she may think that you have the flair to wear something daring like that, whereas she'd feel silly in it.  I once bought a piece of jewelry for a friend, thinking although it was very beautiful it was too dainty for me to carry off -- but just right for her.  Some years later, she pulled out the same pin and asked if I'd like to have it -- someone had given it to her, she said, but even though it was very pretty, she really couldn't wear that sort of thing.  (I have absolutely no idea whether she realized I was the one who had given it to her.)  It's difficult to know what a person's self-image is -- or what they think your style is.

 

My husband suggested I "at least" try it on and fortunately, it didn't fit. So I told her that it wasn't my size despite what the label says and she agreed to take it back. I don't know what she plans on doing with it but tbh, I don't care either as long as I am rid of it.

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Also "gendered" colors are a dumb concept and we should stop doing it.  Just let everyone enjoy all the colors we have to enjoy without shame.

:applause:Exactly! It's dumb and as you pointed out, totally arbitrary anyway if you look at how it changes over time.

 

I think it's such a difficult, fine line to walk between encouraging a child to be themselves and protecting them from perhaps avoidable harassment. On the one hand, I think lots of social norms are stupid and it shouldn't be his job to prevent bullying because it's the bullies who are doing something wrong here and not himself. On the other hand, I have to acknowledge that the world works in a certain way, like it or not, and I don't want to be the clueless mom whose kid never has a chance to fit in.

The way we resolved this particular problem btw was by me finding one single yellow toothbrush with the desired character on it eventually, with only a little bit of pink around the edges. The first day he went to daycare with it, he had second thoughts when I dropped him off and clung to my legs and cried but apparently, nobody said anything because today the world was fine and I am sure the toothbrush will be so covered in toothpaste soon that nobody can tell what the original colors were anyway...

 

(The new forum software doesn't seem to have a multiquote option, right?)

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24 minutes ago, T.o.b.y said:

(The new forum software doesn't seem to have a multiquote option, right?)

It does!  The plus sign next to "Quote" at the bottom of a post is the multiquote function.

 

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17 hours ago, Artemis said:

The plus sign next to "Quote" at the bottom of a post is the multiquote function.

Ya gotta admit, it's a clever code    :P   Took me a while to puzzle it out, as I recall -- or maybe someone had to tell me.

 

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15 hours ago, T.o.b.y said:

My husband suggested I "at least" try it on and fortunately, it didn't fit. So I told her that it wasn't my size despite what the label says and she agreed to take it back. I don't know what she plans on doing with it but tbh, I don't care either as long as I am rid of it.

Hopefully she won't be able to exchange it for your size!

 

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On 10/6/2020 at 3:07 AM, Fantasy Lover said:

But what annoyed me the most is this: I declined the offer to work there and my mom, my grandfather and my boss were all like "I needed to get up early and take to train as well, you just need to get used to it." My grandfather even gave me the "when I was your age." treatment. It really pissed me off, I am NOT you! Maybe I could have gotten used to getting up at 6 am, but during my entire internship my gut kept me awake by screaming at me that it was a bad idea and I barely slept because of it! I was a VERY cranky at the end of my internship, thankfully it didn't last long.

Warning ; There is no moral of the story in my reply.

I worked in office and corporate jobs for about eighteen years, and my reality was, I couldn't afford to stay near work, I had to stay at outskirt and far far away therefore long commute was inevitable. The time I had wasted to wait and ride on buses and train was couple of hours a day, and most were not comfortable rides, being squeezed, standing long hours, and in dangerous situation as it was likely to be unsafe for my demographic at that time at that place. After years and years and yearsss I managed to save up and buy a motorcycle, it cut out quite significant amount of commuting but then I changed work and country and I was in that cycle again.

However, from those long years of working, waking up before 6 was one of the better things I had to get used to, because working generally sucks, and I actually liked my job. Let me rephrase, I actually loved my job, but can't stand the people. At the very least I made the commuting hours as precious 'me' time, because in my case, it was inevitable. But sleeping 5-6 hours is enough for me, so maybe I do enjoy waking up early even when I don't really have to, like doing personal activities.

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On 10/8/2020 at 3:13 PM, T.o.b.y said:

I saw his little hand reach out, retreat, reach out, retreat, the little brain obviously going "I want this but it will get me teased, what do I do?" and I felt so frustrated. 

He's three. Three! He shouldn't have to worry about this sort of thing at all!

Yes agree. I actually saw adult facing the same dilemma, we shouldn't have so much nitty gritty things to worry about.

First, let's kill gender reveal party XD

 

 

 

I have two stupid rants today. This is the first

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Banana doesn't need something to wrap them like this, if they fall off, they fall off. And shut up, two outer layers are obviously have some plastics in them, as it's not easily tear-able and waterproof. I didn't notice when I bought them, as they used to have none of this thing.

This is similar with National Geographic magazine who talks a lot of those environment stuff but continues to send me forms and forms and paper etc for me to re-subscribe ten year after I ended my subscription. SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP

 

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I know we have enough problem in 2020 <_< but here comes my second rant.

I know the content is free, and people are being nice enough to upload 'teaching' video on YouTube. But arggghhhh, I have browsed many videos to learn about stuffs, like cooking for example, and many many of them talk in veryyyyy slow motion (I used 2x speed and still get very impatient and it's just my normal speaking speed even AT 2XXXX), they talk and talk and talk while their hands are idle instead of showing something useful, and.. at the end, they didn't even show the result. I mean!! Some actually record the whole preparation process, whole!! like repetitive slicing tons of fruits. Gah!

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52 minutes ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

But sleeping 5-6 hours is enough for me,

Oh man, I wish that were me.

 

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4 hours ago, Artemis said:

Oh mec, j'aimerais que ce soit moi.

 

😱 Me too !! Only 5 hours???  !! I need to sleep 8 hours, unfortunately I sleep very very little. It's very tiring...

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I need more like nine hours, though I don't always get it.  When I had to leave for work at 5:30 am, I made an attempt (rarely successful) to get to bed earlier.

 

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I need 9-10.  It also doesn’t matter if I get all the sleep I need and have a set schedule; I will always be a zombie in the morning.  The whole morning, lol.  And then I will be completely wiped by early/mid afternoon, ‘cause it required so much energy to be awake in the morning, lol.  My body just doesn’t like it.

 

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3 hours ago, Artemis said:

I will always be a zombie in the morning.  The whole morning, lol.  And then I will be completely wiped by early/mid afternoon, ‘cause it required so much energy to be awake in the morning,


I know what you mean.  Sometimes I do better, sometimes not.  I never know what to expect.

 

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