Blue isn’t for boys and pink isn’t for girls anymore – thanks to the new gender fluidity craze.
Hello Giggles – Long gone are the days when blue was meant strictly for boys and pink entirely for girls. Gender fluidity, in this day and age, is finally becoming more accepted. Never have we as a society been more devoted to creating a world where gender roles are less rigidly defined—where “feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other” is a thing of the age-old past, as our favorite new OITNBinmate tells Elle Magazine.
And now baby-naming, quite naturally, has come to reflect this larger cultural shift. Yes, gender-neutral baby names have become the thing in 2015. While popular faves like Emma for girls and Noah for boys topped the charts merely twelve months ago, as reported by the Social Security Administration, baby name experts at BabyCenter report that less traditional, more unisex names such as Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn and Reese have been making substantial leaps on the lists of many moms and dads-to-be. We’ve still got six entire months to go, but it’s pretty safe to say that 2015 will in fact be “the year of the gender-neutral baby.”
“Many parents want to transcend the old-fashioned feminine or masculine roles and image with names that have not traditionally been used for either boys or girls but can be used for both sexes,” Nameberry’s Pamela Satran tells Yahoo Parenting. While the older generation may be taken aback by the use of unisex names, the emerging generation is much more “comfortable with the idea that gender is a fluid concept and that a name with an indistinct gender identity is more than fine — it’s preferable.”
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