Despite the sexual equality movement in the 1970s, some gender-based stereotypes persisted. Blueprints are for boys and Avocado Green is for girls in this polarized view of an appliance. But in real life, things aren't so cut and dried. Undoubtedly, some dads are tinkerers par excellence, while others aren't so mechanically inclined. On this Father's Day, let's not take sides, and show appreciation to all dads—regardless of their handymanliness.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.