Little kids are the very best. They have no time for your dumb gender constrictive Halloween costumes and they also know exactly what they want, like adorable little two- and-a-half-year-old named Amelie who told her mom that she wanted to be a Hulk Ballerina for Hallowen. Hulk smash! Hulk pirouette! How amazingly cute is she? More
Topic: gender norms
I’m totally creeped out by makeup marketed to the 10 and under set, even if just under the guise of “Happy fun make believe dress up time.” More
Ever since LEGO Friends hit the scene, we’ve been hoping that other toy companies would step up with an offer that doesn’t include jacuzzis and nail salons. Now, there’s Goldie Blox, a toy specifically designed to make girls fall in love with engineering. And we’re a little excited about it. More
Gender-neutral — or gender-permissive — parenting is a controversial topic in modern parenting circles. Many parents may not be all about stocking their little boy’s closet full of skirts or dressing their girl up like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, but if we’re really going to be truthful toÂ definitionsÂ on this hotly debated parenting trend — many of us our guilty. And helping your daughter win a math prize or compete in a sports tournament are hardly grounds to deduct parental points. More
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was spotted out with her brothers looking like one of the boys, tabloids scrambled all over one another wondered what insight this gave us into how Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were raising their little girl. It would have to be gender-neutral right? It couldn’t just be that the kid has an affinity for short hair and tennis shoes.
Add another little girl in the limelight to that list, as Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith‘s daughter, just shaved her head. More
A Batman-inspired birthday party for my four-year-old daughter? It might be surprising for everyone else, but it’s perfect for our little girl. More
Close friendships for girls are pretty culturally acceptable. From kindergarten through high school to well into adulthood, girls who seek constant companionship with one another are not considered anything out of the ordinary. But as boys get into their teens, their attachments to one another are stigmatized as their close bonds culturally put their male relationships in close proximity to homosexuality. While the judgement from narrow-minded peers and hallway gossip may be out of parents’ grasps, Dr. Niobe Way, author of Deep Secrets: Boysâ€™ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, points out that parents unintentionally contribute to emotionally isolating their sons by stereotyping them. More
The Lawrence King murder is back in the press again as the trial began only last week. For those of you who don’t remember, 15-year-old Lawrence King was shot point blank in front of his entire computer lab class by 14-year-old Brandon McInerney. King was often teased and bullied by his classmates for being gay and so how did he defend himself against such hallway torment? By flirting with his bullies. That alone apparently was the reason for McInerney shooting the boy. His lawyer is now claiming that King’s actions constitute sexual harassment. More
So don’t bother walking your son into McDonalds without taking a gander at this sign. “Boy toys” i.e. anything that is not pink or covered in glitter is currently out of stock.
Guess your son will have to endure the shame of playing with a fairy or a princess. So sorry for the (gendered) inconvenience!