5 year old boy dares to dress as a girl, neighborhood moms freak.
WATRD blast from past, originally posted 11/2010
I found this story about a “Boo” a 5 year old boy who decided to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo quite interesting and I think you will too. His mother has an awesome post on the “aftermath” of Halloween, but here are the highlights.
The kid is concerned he will be made fun of, but decides, with the encouragement of his mother, to heck with it, I am going to be ME!
Halloween arrives, Boo is nervous, but he goes for it.
The kids think nothing of the boy in the girl costume.
But the MOTHER’s of the kids have an all out hissy fit over it.
As Boo’s mother explained “there were several friends of mine that knew what he was wearing that smiled and waved and gave him high-fives. We walk down the hall to where his classroom is.
And that’s where things went wrong. Two mothers went wide-eyed and made faces as if they smelled decomp. And I realize that my son is seeing the same thing I am. So I say, “Doesn’t he look great?” And Mom A says in disgust, “Did he ask to be that?!” I say that he sure did as Halloween is the time of year that you can be whatever it is that you want to be. They continue with their nosy, probing questions as to how that was an option and didn’t I try to talk him out of it. Mom B mostly just stood there in shock and dismay.
And then Mom C approaches. She had been in the main room, saw us walk in, and followed us down the hall to let me know her thoughts. And they were that I should never have ‘allowed’ this and thank God it wasn’t next year when he was in Kindergarten since I would have had to put my foot down and ‘forbidden’ it. To which I calmly replied that I would do no such thing and couldn’t imagine what she was talking about. She continued on and on about how mean children could be and how he would be ridiculed.
The mother of the boy responds with this kicker;
“If you think that me allowing my son to be a female character for Halloween is somehow going to ‘make’ him gay then you are an idiot. Firstly, what a ridiculous concept. Secondly, if my son is gay, OK. I will love him no less. Thirdly, I am not worried that your son will grow up to be an actual ninja so back off.”
Is that classic or what??
I love it. My son is 7, and it’s become trendy to love pink (inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness). This morning he wanted his sisters pink shoe laces in his shoes, and I didn’t blink and put them in. I feel like these types of actions are necessary for this society to get over the ridiculous, stodgy, gender rules we force on people.
Boo’s mom goes on to state if her daughter wore a Batman costume, no one would care. So true, and so damn typical. I was and I always will be a Tomboy. My daughter is a mini-me, and for her to have a “skater boy” style is considered cool. Why is it different for boys?
Are we THAT homophobic in this society or is it something deeper?
Are women so insecure and worried about what others think, that they limit their child’s imagination and creativity because it doesn’t fit the “norm?”