Sunday, 11 March 2012

Boy walking to school

Boy walking to school, apparently lost in thought.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

The prefect

Poor Daniel was hauled into detention after school by the Fifth Year prefect after she spotted him breaking school rules by wearing eye shadow.

A prefect is a pupil who has been given limited authority over other pupils in the school. It was an outmoded role, generally associated with public school*, until it was revived during the genderquake to give girls an opportunity to exercise authority from a young age. Prefects were elected by their peers, but only girls ever occupied the role as the candidates had to be members of that year’s pupil council, and boys hardly ever stood for positions of responsibility, let alone actually getting them.

* For U.S. readers, that means a private school – confusingly!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Home from work

Every evening scenes like these are played out up and down the country, as househusbands welcome their wives home from a hard day at work.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A scared husband

Scared husband: I don’t want to wear dresses, Steph, please don’t make me!
Determined wife: You’ll wear what I damn well tell you. Who pays for all your clothes? Who pays the mortgage? Now go and try it on.

Many men were terrified of the genderquake and complained desperately against being expected to wear the dress in the household. But there was little they could do when so much power was in the hands of women.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

A new dress for hubby

It was normal by the mid-21st century for men to depend upon their breadwinning wives to buy their clothes. Scenes like these were common in the high streets and shopping malls.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Bill’s new bonnet

Bonnets were not normally worn by boys in the 21st century, but an exception were the so-called ‘pansies’, who wore more exaggeratedly ‘boysie’ fashions than the mainstream. Full petticoats, flounced skirts, large hair ribbons and yes, bonnets harking back to 19th century styles were not unusual amongst this minority of boys.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Teenage boy

The 21st century boy was in many ways as gangly and awkward as boys of earlier eras. But they were also considered inferior to girls, and were dressed accordingly.

Upgraded with better artwork on 22 May 2013.