Wednesday, April 13, 2011

*Handsome* in Pink? Absolutely!

Today there seems to be a mild uproar by some people regarding this JCrew ad that was recently emailed to customers.
Picture taken from Huffington Post. Click on picture to get to site.

Erin Brown, from Media Research Center, wrote an opinion piece saying that this ad was "blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children".

Psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, wrote a piece for Fox News that the mom "better put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid --and maybe a little for others who'll be affected by your "innocent" pleasure."

Shockingly, in this article on Fox News, it states that when they asked their Twitter followers if "the ad crossed the line", a majority did not think so. 

During boot camp this morning the moms and I discussed this and we unanimously agreed that we saw nothing wrong with it.  In fact, we thought it was pretty ridiculous. 

If this was a girl playing in the dirt and the caption read, "Lucky for me I ended up with a girl whose favorite activity is playing in the mud," would this have even made the news?  I don't think so.  If she were painting his toe nails black, would it have been as big of a deal?  Not likely.   

Painting toe nails, playing with dolls, and putting on make-up while pretending with their friends will not make a boy "grow up gay" or question their gender later on.  Nor will playing in the mud, playing with guns, or liking cars make a girl "grow up gay" or question their gender later on.

What if this child is actually transgendered?  Who cares?!  Let's accept our children for who they are and stop forcing them to fit into one box or the other.  Our world is changing and being gay or transgendered is no longer the taboo it once was (okay, so maybe transgendered has a way to go still, but progress is being made).  Do I wish it for my kids?  No, I think their lives would still be made more difficult due to ignorant individuals.  But, it won't change how I feel about them and certainly won't stop me from encouraging them to be who they want to be, no matter if it crosses the typical "gender lines".

Also, the idea that this child is some how going to need psychotherapy later because he not only liked the color pink, but also had his mom paint his toes nails, is just absurd.  The idea that others will need psychotherapy because the damage the ad will due to them is just laughable. 

My guess is that this young man will grow up to be one of the more well adjusted children out there.  He has a mother that spends time with him and shows an interest in the things he likes.  He is allowed to think for himself which will certainly help his ability to make decisions later on.  And if I were to guess his mother is teaching him about accepting differences in people.  Sounds like the perfect foundation for our future to me. 

So what is your take on all of this?  Does the pink nail polish make you nervous


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