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Gender Role Insight Via The Fruit Loop Necklace

Boys and girls are vastly different as evidenced through disparate reactions toward a preschool rite of passage: the Fruit Loop necklace.

Sue brought hers home yesterday:


She was so proud to wear it, name all the colors, remark on how it matched her shoes.  Every once in a while she would delicately take one bite of a sugary Loop.  Yet she kept at least 12 circles intact for several hours, gingerly enjoying a loop here and there at a leisurely pace.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of Joseph’s similar necklace during Pre-K.  He graced the pick-up line with a single blue Fruit Loop strung on a bit of yarn, his lips bearing a purply-green tint.  “How come we never get really sweet cereal like this with all these colors?”

As for Edward?  He appeared ready for after-school pick-up during Kindergarten with a wet piece of yarn stuck to his backpack.

“Is that yarn something important?”  I queried.  “Is it some sort of craft?”

“Nahh,” he replied, looking back at the limp yarn now littering the sidewalk,  “I think it was supposed to be a necklace or somethin.'”

Posted on 21 January '09 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

14 Comments to “Gender Role Insight Via The Fruit Loop Necklace”

#1 Posted by Tonggu Momma (21.01.09 at 19:29 )

I love it! I would never have guessed there WAS a difference. Sometimes the Tongginator even forgets it IS food, wearing it for days and days.

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#2 Posted by mrsbear (21.01.09 at 22:45 )

Ha! We’ve never done Froot Loop necklaces (notice the incorrect but trade marked spelling 😉 ). I never would’ve guessed there’d be a difference in the way children approached them. I might be outside of the norm, I would’ve totally come home with a wet piece of yarn. Great story telling btw.

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#3 Posted by Peanut (22.01.09 at 02:13 )

That is exactly what would happen at our house! My daughter would probably still have the necklace months later, carefully stored in her “treasures” drawer. My son, well, I’d be finding whole froot loops in his diaper for the next few days!

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#4 Posted by ali (22.01.09 at 10:29 )

We’ve never done fruit loop necklaces but a few years ago I put cheerios in the potty hoping for better aim from the boys. They were mortified! “No! Cereal doesn’t go in there, mommy!”

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#5 Posted by Steph at the Red Clay Diaries (22.01.09 at 13:23 )

I saw the difference too. My girls cherished their necklaces. My son? “What necklace, Mom?”

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#6 Posted by Helene (22.01.09 at 14:00 )

So cute!!!! My son is the same way when we’ve made fruit loop necklaces! He’ll sit still long enough to let me take a picture of him wearing it and then he’ll eat it in a matter of 5 seconds! My daughter still has several fruit loop necklaces that we’ve made…they’re probably all petrified by now!

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#7 Posted by hellokittiemama/MT (22.01.09 at 15:28 )

They don’t do the fruit loop necklace here. I feel so cheated. I suppose we could make them at home with GFCF knock-off cheerios LOL.

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#8 Posted by the domestic fringe (22.01.09 at 16:10 )

LOL! Very cute.

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#9 Posted by kim (22.01.09 at 18:20 )

Well we musthave eaten both of our necklaces b/c they never made it home – BOYS they eat everything 🙂

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#10 Posted by angie (22.01.09 at 19:11 )

I want to try making these with my nephews! Looks like a fun project. Wonder what their reaction will be to it.

#11 Posted by Kia (GoodEnoughMama) (22.01.09 at 22:38 )

Ha! My boy wouldn’t eat it. Cereal is BAD, you know. For whatever reason. I dunno. Around here, cereal is very offensive! Annoyingly so.

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#12 Posted by Carla (22.01.09 at 23:14 )

LOL I can totally see this.

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#13 Posted by Patty O. (23.01.09 at 16:58 )

I love that! Danny would have been all over that necklace in a heartbeat. Whenever he gets one of those candy bracelets (he has brought home a couple from school) he has no interest in wearing it at all. He is all about devouring it.

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