Other Kids Are Making My Son Feel Wrong for Wearing Pink -- And It Needs to Stop (VIDEO)

Even the youngest boys and girls are becoming aware of gender stereotyping when it comes to clothing. When my son was around 5 years old, he has a very specific sense of style. He veered more toward clothes in the purple/pink color pallette and preferred clothes that were more form fitting, "like a ninja," which lead to the purchasing of some jeggings, which he wore until they were threadbare with holes in the knees. He had no idea that I got them in the girls' section because they don't market or sell jeggings to boys. 

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It wasn't until a couple years later that he understood that his style preferences were stereotypically "girly," when a fellow classmate revealed that "boys don't wear pink." And his classmate isn't alone.  

Over at Bloomberg, Sam Grobart interviews boys and girls to get their thoughts on clothes and gender.

I have to say that I cringed watching this video. These children grow up being inundated with the message that "boy" and "girl" have very narrow, very limited definitions. The one kid who said that "no self-respecting boy" in his class would wear the white T-shirt with the rainbow peace sign broke my heart.

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The notion that cars and sports are for boys and pink and sparkle are only for girls may not seem like a big deal, but they only serve to reinforce stereotypes that are just not true. Nobody is saying that girls can't love pink and boys have to give up sports, but perhaps by expanding what we offer and market to kids, we can provide them with the space to love what they love regardless of how it appears to everyone else. And hopefully one day, another little sporty boy like my son won't feel conflicted or sad for wearing what he loves.

 


Image via Bloomberg 

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