I’m sorry maybe I’m from very patriarchal autocratical country and have no right to have an opinion in such an advanced feminist topic but for me these stamps are just stamps. Boy and girls equally playing together, some girl wear skirts, some pants, all participating the same activities as partners (what would be criminal silly behaviour for boys - playing with girls together?). Never in a right mind I would even think that illustrator drew them as sex objects, and it’s weird to even think that children in the drawn age have sexual thoughts. Both boys and girls are drawn to be very cute - no exception (it feels weird for me to say that on stamps girls in skirt are drawn cuter than girl in pants - all are cute and in the same style). The boy on the last stamp quite directly watches the lines and not under the skirt - by which of his eyes is closed (also stepping the lines watching is hinted by cat stepping on the line - second boy might be looking at cat even?). Why we are not paying attention to that none of the boy is ‘cute’ or wearing a long hair? And making men sexual objects which feminist fight in case of sexualizing women, is okay, when it’s Tom of Finland, because it’s art (these stamps are very bluntly sexual)? And if the stamps were drawn by old artist or were from the book they become more okay immediately?
As a woman who works for 15 years in highly competitive male-dominated industry (Technical university and electronic industry), I would prefer personally that any way and any choice of how girl wants to behave would be respected equally - I deeply respect women who chose and enjoy to be with their kids, be housewife, be pretty and cute, same respect for anyone who is pursuing career, and for ones who want to have both. Pretty and cute persons of both genders are treated better (for example, statistic for good-looking male criminals getting less punishment with the jury), but smart, genuine and kind people of both genders are treated same nice.
@S_Tuulia I love the sauna stamps! (we all know Finns go to sauna completely naked xD) There are also postcards like that - probably top wish for any postcrossers who loves erotic, and Tom of Finland too. And then also there are people who hate it, it’s amazing how different we all are as individuals!
Sorry for the long post, I tried to provide different opinion