November 8, 2010

girls make passes in boys in pink dresses.

WOW. I feel like I have to post about this. Yes. Right now.

I turned on the TV and the Today Show was on and the caption was "Is it okay for little boys to wear dresses?" See here. First of all, this segment was awesome. I can only hope the link still has the same video.

The mother of this five-year-old Kansas City boy has defended his right to dress as the
Here is another article.

It was basically two moms that were sitting on this panel and talking about how their little boys like to dress up in princess dresses, tutus, etc. I think that this is awesome. They were trying to make a point of that this kind of thing happens, and that little boys are commonly attracted to these kinds of clothes but are steered away by worrisome parents who fear that their child might be the star of a Gay Pride float one year. L.A.M.E.

The controversy and questioning of whether this is okay has been going on for quite some time, but the topic of the show arose when a little boy wanted to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween. When she allocated the costume and he showed up at pre-school, she found that parents, not children, were the ones giving off rather harsh responses. That is the problem. Our generation, well, those in the ages of 20-25, are rather tolerant of all the things that are present in our society. The problem stems from parents setting an awful example; basically parents these days are bat shit paranoid. I'm not saying all, I know a handful of super cool, easy going, open minded parents of young kids. Of course, there are those moms, the ones that try to protect their child from everything, try to force Jesus into their lives, and send them to school well fed on Grape Nuts. Put the image into your mind of a 35 year old woman driving a 2005 Honda Odyssey playing the wiggles soundtrack while singing along and making corresponding hand motions to amuse their child strapped in a car seat in the back.

At first, maybe an image of a little boy in a frilly yellow dress is jarring, but WHY? Questioning this seems obvious when you see girls that sport short hair, wear baggy pants (or hell even just pants, remember when pants was unacceptable for girls to wear--well, neither do I, but still), and have gym shoes on. This will never strike fear into parents. It is even completely acceptable for a woman to wear garments specifically made for men. I think the clothes on your back can definitely determine what kind of person you are, but it doesn't determine what your sexual preference will be. It is like the notion of straight men wearing womens panties and I'm sure it happens more than we think, it can just be easily concealed. Why should material and cut determine sexual preference? A woman would hear of this and think it was odd or say something like "wow, he must be extremely secure with his masculinity." Why do the clothes you wear on the outside matter? In the end, they don't.

If your son is dressing up as a princess, yes, he might be gay, but so what? Chances are it is pure expression. You'd rather have your son know it at a young age and be confident with what his preferences and outward style are than those boys who strive to be as straight looking as possible and play football while they hide anxiously in the closet. So what gives?

I thought it was extremely cool that these moms were so open with their little boys dressing up and expressing themselves. Of course, they admitted it took some time to get there, but the fact is that they didn't try to stop it or didn't act in some outrageous manner that made their sons feel like they were in the wrong for the clothes they chose to wear.

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