Same-sex Parenting, Comme Ça Style

Continuing the mannequin theme—and in honour of the recent legislation that made it through Canada’s House of Commons—here’s a quickie of the street level window display at the Riverwalk Comme Ça store.

photo of Comme Ça Riverwarlk street level window display

I took the photo on November 1, 2003. The mannequins are wearing what I assume was that year’s fall & winter line. If you look closely, you may notice that these idealized nuclear families are a bit different from the Japanese norm of one parent of each gender. The male couple has two sons and a dog, and the female couple has a pair of little girls and a boy but no pets. Maybe they left their cats at home. The question is, what came first? The draft of Bill C-38 or this window display?

Here are a couple of close-ups, cropped from the image above. Sorry for the blurriness, but I was in a hurry. On the left we have a family of five. It appears that both moms wear the pants in this family.

Comme Ça family of five: two moms, two girls, and a boy

And on the right, a family of four guys and a dog. I think it’s probably safe for me to wonder who cleans the toilet in their household. After all, speculation about their interior decorating tastes, dancing skill, or which one of them has a lisp would be way too stereotypical.

Comme Ça family of four+1: two dads, two boys, and a dog

Remember the dog. He’ll show up again later, after a brief visit to the transmogrifier.

3 thoughts on “Same-sex Parenting, Comme Ça Style

  1. Yes, it’s a dog. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to dog breeds but I think it’s some sort of bulldog. I’ll see if I can dig up a clearer photo. And yes, it’s wearing clothes. I guess I’ve gotten used to the animal mannequins, since they’re all over the place here. Japanese people are very serious about their pets’ wardrobes.

  2. it’s an English bulldog. You have to post the picture of the dog at jarrod’s sports day to really appreciate the pet wardrobes!!

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