Rachel's Tavern has a new post on her blog entitled "Gender and Baby Boys Clothes".
When my daughter was a baby, I loved to dress her in basketball jerseys, denim, and those shell-toed tennis shoes with the thick laces. I was a hip hop head and I liked the way those clothes looked on her. My older brother was very critical about the fact that I just wasn't concerned about making her look like some sort of baby doll. He would go out and buy expensive (and highly gendered) Carter's outfits just to try and get me to change how I dressed her. I was a poor single mom then and so I did dress her in what he bought because it saved me from having to spend as much of my quite-limited funds on clothes.
Still, when I did dress her up in the stuff that I bought, I can't tell you how many times people told me things like "Now you know she's too pretty to be dressed like that!" and "She's so bald at the top, when you dress her like that, people are going to think she's a boy." I wasn't a feminist then but it did aggravate me that people couldn't see her clothes as acceptable or appropriate simply because they were the "wrong" style. Somewhere around the apartment, I have a picture of her all dressed up in one of her jerseys. I'll have to find it and post it.