New York Times ran an interesting article last weekend that fits nicely with my follow-up to my feminist mother post (making this a follow-up to a follow-up?…). You can find it here.
It’s about children & gender nonconforming behavior. Boys painting their toenails pink, girls getting mohawks. The article paints a positive picture of parents encouraging their children’s interests no matter where it lands on the gender spectrum. The rest of us, it seems, could do a better job supporting such families — Unfortunately, the article reports that the harshest words can come from other parents & from other children (to the point that some families actually are moving or changing schools on account of teasing & bullying).
Clearly, we are not dealing with such issues here in truckland. Not yet at least. If we do, I don’t see it as being a big deal. We already encourage T to play with his dolls & play kitchen (not that I actually think these are “girl toys”). But even if we don’t ever deal with any gender noncomforming behavior, we will definitely work on encouraging T to be compassionate & understanding of the spectrum of interests kids might have — Seems like what we all should be doing.