Victoria Beckham is often sharing proud-mum photos of her kids on Instagram – her boys looking adorable (and very grown-up) and Harper’s cute drawings. Yet one of her posts received a backlash this week for ‘gender stereotyping’.
The famous Spice girl and fashion designer shared a snap after having a mummy daughter day with illustrator Tatiana Alida. The photo showed little girls smiling alongside a quote from the nursery rhyme What Are Little Boys Made Of?
The quote reads: ‘boys are made of slugs and snails and puppy dog tails, girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice’. According to some angry Instagram followers, this quote is reinforcing gender stereotypes, one writing ‘not a cool poem. This is where conditioning begins. I’ve always hated this poem. As much as I’ve hated the story of bluebeard.
Yet plenty of other mums have leaped to the stars defense, calling the photo ‘cute’ and ‘priceless’, one even commenting ‘like mother like daughter…a future designer is coming.’
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