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'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 1st 2010, 01:48 AM


A little boy in a bright red dress and his mom's picture book about acceptance are front and center in a biting debate over a question well beyond his years: Are society's gender roles so rigid that a male child can't have fun in a tutu?

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Re: 'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 1st 2010, 07:10 AM

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Re: 'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 1st 2010, 10:22 AM

I think it is wrong to tell this little boy that he cannot express himself in the way he wants to. People have no qualms with girls who prefer male attire; they're simply labeled as "tomboys." This has become socially acceptable. So why, then, are boys not permitted the same rights? What is the problem if a boy wishes to wear a dress every now and then? What harm is it really doing anyone? If anything, I think this boy has a phenomenal imagination. If he wanted to pretend he was Cinderella for Halloween, why would you discourage such imaginative play?

In my opinion, this kid will far surpass those who are having the confines of gender roles forced upon them by their parents. Too many people, I think, are afraid to overstep these bounds.
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Re: 'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 1st 2010, 11:34 PM

Discouraging him being Cinderella for Halloween is stupid seeing as how the kid is so young he cant understand the movie, he just likes how Cinderella looks. Same with kids his age who dress up as Batman, Spiderman, The Joker or an animal. Society obviously doesn't like having a boy wear girl's clothing and be portrayed on TV while his mother sells a book about him because it makes him seem like a marketing object. In everyday life though, the kid likes sparkly pink clothes but also likes basketball and such, so why not let him wear a pink shirt and shoes while playing basketball with boys.

The main issue I can see is that the mother bought the kid all this stuff from only one moment when he said he liked it and so she seems to be blamed for letting him wear this and confusing his gender identity later on in life. But since the kid is not acting like a typical girl by playing with Barbies and not basketball, he may develop normally with an eye for pink clothes. I see many guys where bright coloured shirts yet they're not homosexual and don't engage in female behaviours but nobody seems to oppose it.

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Re: 'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 2nd 2010, 04:55 AM

Gender roles are rigid in society, but he is five. Honestly, if I had a five-year old boy and he wanted to take dance classes or wear a tutu, I'd let him. Because he's five. Granted, somewhere you have to draw the line and tell him that most little boys don't wear dresses and that they will make fun of him for it.

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Re: 'Princess Boy,' dress spur acceptance debate - November 2nd 2010, 10:50 PM

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Granted, somewhere you have to draw the line and tell him that most little boys don't wear dresses and that they will make fun of him for it.
And this is exactly why we can't have gender equality.

I wouldn't encourage or discourage him. If he wants to wear a dress, why the hell not? It doesn't make him a girl or a homosexual. The only reason other little boys would make fun of him is because their parents have taught them that it's unacceptable for boys to wear dresses. Sure, he would get made fun of and criticized at first, but our society would still be in the dark ages if we didn't do something just because it wasn't socially acceptable.

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