Man Brings Bullied Boy's 'Girly' Lunch Box to Work to Show What It Really Means to be Manly

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Little boys are faced with a ton of pressure from friends, schoolmates, and the world at large to act a certain way. They're supposed to only play with "boy toys," like "boy colors," and apparently, only take "boy lunch boxes" to school. After his 10-year-old cousin got teased for his quirky, colorful lunch box, David Pendragon bought one of his own to teach him -- and everyone else -- about what it really means to be "manly." 

  • In a viral post on Facebook, Pendragon said his cousin Ryker, who loves cats, was very excited to get a new lunch box.

    But even though he loves his Space Cats lunchbox, the little boy ran into some issues. "Unfortunately because of its colors, or because it has cats, or both he was teased about it by other boys in his class," Pendragon wrote. "He even wanted to stop taking his lunch so he wouldn't be teased about it any longer."

    In a stand of serious solidarity, and in a bid to "show him [Ryker] that a man can love whatever he wants and not be afraid to express that love," Pendragon did something major: He ordered the exact same lunch bag and carried it to his "large, conservative, corporate workplace." 

    "I've told anyone who asked the story behind my lunchbox and to a person, they all stand with Ryker too," he added. "There's no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful. I love my new lunchbox and I hope Ryker and all the other boys out there can see that their passion and self-expression is never something to be ashamed of."
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  • Anyone who can deliver a great life lesson while holding a lunch box covered in cats in space is a total legend.


  • Plenty of other people think so too. Pendragon's post was flooded with supportive comments after it started going viral.

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  • A lot of people thanked Pendragon for being an awesome role model for Ryker.

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    "I'm so grateful you did this for him," one commenter wrote. 

  • Some were just really, really impressed by the Space Cats lunchbox.

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    It can be bought online on Target's website, for those who are wondering.

  • There were also a lot of encouraging words for little Ryker too.

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    We're hoping Pendragon's post taught Ryker that it doesn't matter how many "girly" things he likes, his interests don't make him any less of a boy. It sure served as a reminder to all of us that putting boys and men into such tightly closed boxes restricts their need to express themselves however they want to. Kids already go through a lot these days, and that means we need to do our part to make sure we're not holding on to ideas that negatively affect all the sweet, creative little boys like Ryker out there. 

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