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The history of pink for girls and blue for boys

Smithsonian Magazine has posted an interesting article about the history of gender colours. The march toward gender-specific clothes was neither linear nor rapid. Pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just

How Vikings named their kids

Apparently it was common for Vikings to give their female children names derived from male names. “My paper on 'Viking Thomasinas' examines the use of female names developed directly from male names, similar to the more recent name Thomasina. Viking Age Scandinavia saw a remarkable surge in the creation of

Beer used to be a women-only industry

According to one author, beer was the domain of women and for thousands of years only they were allowed to operate breweries and drink beer. Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, so important were their skills that they were the only ones allowed to brew the drink or

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