Friday, April 15, 2011

What is wrong with some people

An American clothing company ran this picture in it's most recent catalogue.
The woman is the company's president and creative director, the boy is her five year old son.
I looked at this picture and saw a nice mother/son moment, both people clearly happy and enjoying each other's company.

Some people, including all the major news networks in America looked at this picture and saw only the pink nail polish the boy has on his toenails.
Seasoned reporters, supposedly educated, tasked with bringing people actual news stories, apparently felt this was worthy of criticism and then started making judgements about the sexuality of the child and the intentions of his mother.
The mildest quotes called the nail polish "gender-bending", others called the pink polish "a clear attack on masculinity" and in one case "a propaganda campaign for transgender children".

Apparently pink nail polish on a little boy is a clear sign that he will grow up to be either gay, transgendered, or a cross dresser, and OMG! his mother is encouraging this.


Firstly, there is nothing wrong with being gay, transgendered or a cross dresser, and if he is any of those things, I would hope his mother would still love and support him.

And secondly, right now, he is a five year old boy, he likes pink, and he's having fun, and his mother should be applauded for letting him paint his nails whatever colour he wants rather than having a gender-panic freak out and not letting him do it.

And all those people who are having a problem with this need to chill the fuck out, and start reporting on some actual news stories.

5 comments:

Toni said...

Well said!
Some people obviously don't have enough to worry about.

Kath Lockett said...

Hear hear! Many of Sapphire's young male friends loved having their toenails painted - usually a different colour for each nail.

If that's what some pinheads think is an issue then perhaps they can direct some of those energies to decontaminating the nuclear-fallout affected Japanese or making meals for the homeless or ..... getting over their stupid selves!

Oh dear, I've gone all ranty today..... :P

Windsmoke. said...

Bravo well said. What child hasn't experimented with nail polish or something else during their childhood. Some people have closed minds and should grow up and see it for what it is just a bit of fun :-).

Veronica said...

Hear hear!!

River said...

Well said.
Remember when you and T dressed J in a dress with hat and handbag? I think he was 3 or 4.
I have photos in case you've forgotten...
You all had fun that day and J turned out just fine.
Some people need to remember their own childhoods.