I’ve been harbouring my dinosaur obsession for a while now – by harbouring, I mean refraining from buying any more books, models or generic bits of tat. That is, until I splashed out on a dinosaur duvet cover set, which despite its little facts about the dinosaurs illustrated (who could resist, to be honest?), caused a mini family feud. On one side, there was my dad, who usually likes me to be ‘expressive’, will generally support me with the argument that ‘it’s her life, she can do what she wants with it’, and went so far as to suggest that I get dinosaur curtains to match.Which I have done. On the other hand is my mum, who gave me ‘the look’ (which normally forewarns eternal disappointment and damnation) and then proceeded to moan about ‘why I can’t be like other girls’. Sigh.
Anyway, I have been searching for ways to dinosaur-ify my room on Pinterest (I’ve got a bucket of toy dinosaurs on their way), and am irritated about the number of comments that so-and-so product would be ‘awesome in my son’s bedroom’ or ‘my son would love this’. I have rarely seen a comment about dinosaur decor being for a girl’s room. DINOSAURS ARE FOR EVERYONE. Just because they’re generally massive and ferocious and more interesting than fluffy whiny creatures like chihuahuas (another of my pet hates, pun intended) does not mean that they’re exclusively for guys. SOCIETY, FOR GOD’S SAKE STOP STEREOTYPING WHAT GIRLS (AND BOYS) CAN OR CAN’T BE. Female Black Widow spiders eat their mates. Male birds are often prettier than females. Nature breaks these imposed stereotypes, so we can (more like need to) break them too.
I had my fair share of looks when wandering round clutching a dinosaur bedding set, the dirtiest of which from my mum. I don’t give one. I’d rather by happy stomping around my ‘boyish’ bedroom with my dinosaurs than miserable in a sickening floral, inspirational quote affair. I’m off to order my dinosaur curtains now.