The tricky part is that the children wearing these clothes express preferences outside of their wardrobes, too — like in the actual foods they eat. Studies
show that the gender differences in food choice are real and encouraged, with men often opting for more calorie-dense foods full of animal fat, and women consuming more fiber and less salt. "Boys, like men, were expected to prefer substantial, hearty foods," wrote pop culture researcher Sherrie Inness
looking back at Midcentury America. "Girls, like women, were supposed to enjoy sweet, delicate foods.” It seems not much has changed in the last 50 years.