I found the following book via Feministing, via My Blahg. It’s called “I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!” and is from the 50’s. From a simpler time. From an age where young girls and boys knew exactly where they were heading, because someone was always there to tell them who to be and how to act. Ah, poor us, who have to think about such things and get so lost.
Or, as Feministing puts it:
Binary gender systems are constructed. They rely on the repetition of dominant narratives via psychology, music, popular culture, film and of course children’s books. […] I almost appreciate how blatantly obvious it is, since there is no question what it is trying to do. Gender-based messaging is much more subtle and nuanced these days.
Ah yes, back then it was easy to see what needed to be fought against…