Sometimes I’ll hear a news story and it will never cease to amaze me that it’s a debate or cause such a raucous. Two days ago I saw on Yahoo a story about a J.Crew ad that ran picturing it’s president/creative director Jenna Lyons painting the toenails of her five-year-old son with the caption from Jenna, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” The article quotes a unnamed conservative as calling it, “transgendered child propaganda.”
And then there’s this winner of a quote from Dr. Keith Ablow: “Yeah, well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who’ll be affected by your ‘innocent’ pleasure,” Dr. Keith Ablow wrote in a Fox News op-ed. “If you have no problem with the J. Crew ad, how about one in which a little boy models a sundress? What could possibly be the problem with that?”
My problem is that I think it’s great that Jenna Lyons, obviously very artistic, is allowing her child to be whomever he wants to be. If he didn’t want toenail polish then he wouldn’t allow it, kids while still small, do have opinions. Maybe the little boy is gay and maybe he’s not, but he should be allowed to express himself without having to fit into these stereotypical gender roles that society has for us.
This next quote is a great example of a doubt standard and I completely agree. “The ABC News report on the kerfuffle, below, includes a reaction from Sarah Manley, who set off a similar firestorm last Halloween after posting photos of her young son dressed up as his unconventional idol: Daphne from “Scooby Doo.” Manley said today of the J.Crew ad, “If the roles had been reversed and the photo…had been of a little girl playing in the mud with trucks, nobody would have batted an eye.”
Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox for now, but if haven’t seen the article yet the link is here.
Justin is a 23 year old senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is working on his bachelors in English and looking for Mr. Right. You can read more about his escapades in dating at his personal blog, "A Gay College Guy in Virginia".
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