Post by rebeccad on Jul 29, 2018 9:59:05 GMT -8
I'm actually just assuming that because paints and colors until very recently mostly had lead and other heavy metals and toxins in them, so most likely they did. As you noted, you still have to watch out for lead in lipstick, so it seems a safe guess!
I recently read the graphic novel memoir Tomboy, by Liz Prince. She was in HS in the mid-90s, so her experience is already a bit outdated, but I actually got the feeling that it was *harder* to be a tomboy (and the word was still used then) than it was when and where I was a kid, if only because we were too naive to bring in the whole question of whether that made you a lesbian. Since I now live in a place where gender roles and assumptions are pretty open, it's hard for me to know. I was laughing with my boys after my haircut, which they thought was kind of "butch," because we realized that in pretty much all respects except sexuality, that epithet described me--and that it was really just another word for "tomboy," if you took the lesbian overtones out of it.
Schools mostly don't teach either home ec or shop these days, which is a pity. They need to teach them, since those skills are getting rare in society (and too many kids therefore can't learn them at home, because their parents don't know how). Schools just need to teach them equally to boys and girls. Honestly, don't you think all kids would benefit from a semester learning to cook and sew (or at least mend), and another semester learning to build and repair things? I know I use all those skills, a lot, to save a pile of money.
I was lucky enough to avoid "real" jobs that required pantyhose and pointy shoes, which is good because my feet have had issues from the get-go, and I never could keep those dress shoes on my feet anyway. Of course, in avoiding those jobs, I also avoided those salaries. Opportunities for women, and openness to individual taste in dress, have definitely improved, but we still have a long way to go.