Even a child can see something is wrong in our toy stores. The gender gap…does more than tell [a little girl] which toys are socially appropriate for her to play with, it separates her from a whole realm of experience - masculinity. As [she] grows older and decides what sort of person she wants to be, she will encounter this gap again and again. While crossing the gender gap is not impossible, it is difficult and doing so risks stigma and ostracism, just ask the boy who dressed up as Daphne or the girl with the Star Wars water bottle.
In 1961, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley , the jazz saxophonist best known for his work on Miles Davis’ epic album Kind of Blue , narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music. Part of a larger series of educational albums for children, this 12-inch LP offered an “easy-going, conversational discussion of the highlights of the jazz story,” highlighting the “major styles and great performers” that began in New Orleans and spread beyond. Included on the album are some legendary jazz figures — Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, and, of course, Cannonball himself. The album, A Child’s Introduction to Jazz , has long been out of circulation.