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Guy Illustrates How Boys Develop Sexism From Seemingly Small Interactions With Adults
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Guy Illustrates How Boys Develop Sexism From Seemingly Small Interactions With Adults

Parents, teachers, and other people around them play a large role in a kid’s life, socialization, and development. A lot of what happens in childhood can matter for a lifetime, so it’s really important that everybody involved try their best to raise a mindful human being. However, it’s easy to mess up. After all, nobody’s perfect. What matters is recognizing these parenting mistakes and improving. Recently, artist Damian Alexander created a comic pointing out one specific area that he thinks everybody should pay more attention to when raising kids. Boys adoring female role models.

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And you couldn’t find a better person for the job. Damian grew up in a pretty artistic family and got a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Also, he experienced all of this first-hand. “Growing up, my favorite character was Matilda. She was so smart, and I related to her feeling out of place in her family,” Damian told Bored Panda. “The telekinesis thing was also really exciting for me. Then there’s Anne of Green Gables, Hermione from Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Mulan, and so many more female heroes. I think it’s because girl characters tend to use creative problem solving instead of outright violence, and I found that a lot more engaging.”

His family never seemed to care much or take notice of it. “If I wanted a doll or something though, they’d direct me toward an action figure. They did it, complying with the social norms. Boys in my family would also turn up their nose if I wanted to play as Princess Peach in Super Smash Bros.”

And that’s the problem. Damian thinks that sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and gender bias are a huge part of why society thinks a boy shouldn’t look up to women. “A lot of men undervalue women and see them as less than. Probably because we have this toxic cycle of telling little boys they can’t admire women, and then having them grow up to disrespect women. A lot of parents also think if their son likes female superheroes, he’ll suddenly turn gay even though that’s not how that works at all.”

“Just let kids like what they like,” the artist said after being asked how society should break this gender role stigma. “If a little boy admires Elsa, just let him and don’t make a fuss about it. I’m so tired of seeing parents in the toy section direct their sons away from the doll aisle, saying, “Nope, that’s for girls!” Each time they’re planting the little seeds of misogyny in their kid’s head.”

After seeing Damian’s comic, people immediately started relating to it

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Foxxy
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw a boy about 2 years old holding a pink my little pony ball. At the checkout the mum realised the design of ball he had and said “I’m not getting you a pink ball, any other colour would be better”. The little boy looked so upset coz he didn’t understand that people see toys and images as gender specific. My 5yo son loves cars, trucks, boats, fire trucks, getting dirty etc but he also loves having his nails painted, wearing a lil make up when myself or my daughter wear it etc. My 13yo daughter loves fashion and “girly” stuff but she loves getting dirty, riding bikes (she used to do BMX racing), playing rough etc. I don’t give a shit. I care about my kids happiness and if they are happy having opposite “gender” toys then so be it.

Danielle Renee
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you're raising happy, confident, well adjusted children...thank you! there need to be more parents like this.

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Ivana
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Girls pick up on this as well. I avoided anything that could remotely be seen as feminine because I had equated femininity with inferiority. Femininity was frivolous and I wanted to be a hard-edged career woman. I was in my late 20s when it kind of hit me that I had been taught to loath part of my identity, my gender, a huge fucking part of who I am even though I was (and still am) a strong feminist. But my younger form of feminism was adapting masculine qualities because I wanted to be a powerful woman while avoiding pink like a color matters in the slightest. Now I accept that femininity and masculinity are bullshit, people are complex and have both traits and both traits have value. Compassion and leadership are both important and they are not exclusive on one or another gender.

2WheelTravlr
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so true. I ride motorcycles and worked in the motorsports industry, I always made a point of not dressing "girly" or wearing the kinds of riding gear that accentuated the fact that I was female. I'm so happy that the newest generation of female riders have amazing skills, no fear, and some dress like girls while others are more comfortable in guys gear. Things are slowly getting better, but they're still far from equal.

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Aria Whitaker
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is spot on and so, so sad. Even more sad: even after this clear-as-day explanation, there will STILL be those that will dismiss and deny this, so it probably wont be changing anytime soon. You can't change what you don't acknowledge.

Angela Yee
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly true. But it does help a little to bring awareness, then at least some families change over time. Hopefully that eventually would make it improved in the future, even if it's pretty far off. (Sorry had a duplicate comment earlier)

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Matt Palmer
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son has a pink doll call baby, that HAS to go to bed with him. Sometimes a toy dinosaur joins the bed time cuddles. When asked what he wanted on his birthday cake (he is 4 in a couple of weeks) he said, Hulk, a dragon and a butterfly. I think that sums him up pretty well. I cannot understand people who are so insecure as to not allow their children to simply play.

Angela Yee
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that cake would be really cool actually. I have noticed as a young adult, that many males in my age group have started to rebel against the anti-cute things that they grew up with (especially in anime fandoms where it's normal for straight men to watch the "cutesy" anime, even though it's more perverted reasons). So I will see 20+ year old men who are more attracted to cute things in stores compared to when they were young boys who were taught not to like those cute things. I wonder if this could lead to more acceptance of things that were traditionally seen as "girly", if more adult men grew out of it by the time they are of age to be fathers. There is one manga (out of many) that is popular in Japan for its depiction of male character who enjoys "feminine" things, called Otomen. It has now become a pretty common theme in Japanese media, actually. I will watch Japanese TV series about fashion and see that there are now men who participate in even the "Kawaii fashion" trends today, and it isn't seen as badly as it used to be. I also noticed at anime conventions, it used to be rare, but now it is actually extremely common to see men and women "crossplay", dressing as characters of the opposite sex or gender of themselves, out of pure admiration for that character.

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MsM
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I appreciate this story. I have 3 children, and my youngest is the only boy. Sometimes he would play with his sisters' "girl" toys. I never thought anything of it at all. One day my (since EX-) husband got angry and said "You're going to make our son gay!" I won't even start about how ridiculous that statement was. The point is, let kids be kids.

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People told me that about my son who played with dolls. BTW, he is gay. But the toys didn't make him that way. Lol

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Si
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3 years ago

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Emma Hunter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my experience when it comes to girls admiration is confused with attraction. Something in school we were asked who do you admire and all the girls would say guys like Brad Pitt.

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Matt Atfield
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son was running around with a toy pram and a baby in it. He and hia sister were playing "parents". He came home upset because the nieghbour told him dolls are for girls. Is he not supposed to learn how to be a dad? He also likes female hereos. He was teased at school because on pjama day he wore my little pony. I was so angry they didn't use this as a teaching moment for the kids ar school.

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A missed opportunity there, for sure.

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AnnaB
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a troll on this thread who's down-voting every comment that agrees with the author. I wonder how many down votes I'll get for writing this.

MsM
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The right-wing trolls always target stuff like this on BP. It's all they have left.... all thanks to their leader the Orange Anus, the GOP is crumbling. Downvote THIS! DO IT

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I definitely feel his pain on this. I connected early with video games that had female protagonists. Specifically an old Sierra title called "Laura BoW and the Dagger of Amon Ra". One of those adventure games about a murder mystery, but you play as a nosy news reporter who is also a woman. Kind of a Murder she wrote vibe I guess. I still love video games with female protagonists. Much more recently, "Life is Strange", blew my mind. That game made me cry way too much. So YAY for female protagonists. Can we please have more of that?

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Years ago, my sons were playing video games at our house. One of the female characters had the stereotypical hourglass figure with the unrealistically huge breasts. One of the visiting boys made a sexist remark about her, and I got onto him, like don't say that in my house. He was only about 10 years old! And he was sexualising a character in the game.

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Jolijn Njamin-Geurts van Kessel
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My 2.5 year old son loves Spiderman and Hulk, but he also loves Minnie and Daisy. Just let a kid like what the kid likes.

Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that young men are finally waking up to this. As a child (I’m 58 and female), male preference, ego, and gendered jobs pissed me off. In the ‘60s, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, always followed by “a teacher or a secretary?” Their limiting me like that made me mad, so 6 year old me would answer “a firemen”! Should’ve seen their faces. In the ‘70s, in high school , I hated seeing when my whipsmart female friends immediately dumb themselves down when they started dating, just so their intellectually inferior boyfriends could feel smart. And “boys will be boys” always infuriated me. I expect better from my men. Now that I’m older, I call out misogynists, racists, homophobes, etc, in public, in a heartbeat, and just love to see them run away with their tails between their legs. I’m hopeful that this new generation of men will be the catalysts of change—-for the better!

nanashi
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have 2 nephews and one niece, ranged 4-6yo. I bought them some toy watches (because they like my fitbit) and have it sent to their address directly. the colors were stated to be "selected randomly" so it just happen to get a blue and two pinks. my brother called me later that if I can exchange the pinks to another color because "[niece] wanted the blue one, so I can't have the boys wear the pink". I mean.... it's just a color bro. you wear pink pants the other day and it's fine, isn't it?? let them have pink toy watches.

DotC
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like Victorians ruined modern gender culture, at least in the West. Hair length, clothing colors, wearing heeled shoes, all of that changes from decade to decade, century to century. Yet, people are violent about colors of things. So dumb.

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Keessie
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Matilda is a freaking badass!!! Like so many of Roald Dahls characters, she is smart, confident and totally herself. My youngest son totally enjoys rainbows, unicorns, Disney Princesses, cars, animals, trampolines, singing and pestering his big brother. And, well, with the exception of the latter, he's encouraged to enjoy all of them. And still as a mom I have to take in consideration the world around him not freaking out about it and making him the victim of their narrow minds. Don't get me wrong, not by discouraging his behavior, but by actively reminding people that all that is for boys too. Before they even consider commenting about it.

Herb Coleman
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As I read this, I realized how much worse this is for athletes. When you combine this with the anti-feminine world of male sports you might see how we've prepared boys to harm women. From the moment boys set foot on the practice field, anything female is negative. if you whine or cry "he wants his momma". If you are not aggressive enough you are referred to as female genitalia. I've had coaches say things like "we really pulled our skirts up" (when we lost), or "put a dress on her" when you missed a block or a tackle. Anytime you screwed up you called something feminine. Next time you hear about an athlete hitting a woman, it's easy to dismiss him as having a character flaw. While that may be true, he was also groomed for several years that anything feminine was bad. You add the stress of a pro career and a woman who in any way challenges him or disrespects him and he will lash out to protect his "manhood". Not saying the women caused this, the training encouraged it.

Alice Laughs
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Randomly Downvoting Monster: I'm coming after you with upvotes!!! Muahaha. RUN.

Emmaline Yuzu
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

how can i upvote this by 1 million?

Nick Factor
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

make additional accounts is that a serious question

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Anna Woodhull
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I absolutely agree. The good news is that I think this is starting to shift. I'm a mom of 3 young kids, 2 boys and a girl. Most of the other parents I come across don't push the idea of certain toys or colors being just for girls. And I can't imagine a teacher steering a boy away from a female character now. Also my boys really enjoyed the book Matilda.

Joannie Goulet
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have 3 kids as well, the oldest is a boy. He loves machines and mechanical things, robots, anything space related... but also Peppa Pig, Disney Fairies and Dora. Some relatives still insist on giving him superheroes related stuff but I think it's more of a default thing, because they don't know him well enough. I was so amused when I saw him trade his Spider-Man advent calendar with his sister, who had received a pink Hello Kitty one. It's nice to see the world finally evolving and understanding that kids should be allowed to like whatever stuff they like without shame, boy or girl.

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Eunice Probert
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You hit the nai lon the head. It's all about homophobia. Parents are terrified that they'll have a gay son and that he will reflect badly on them. And that's why there is a double standard.

Suzi Gauthier
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I fashion & in things like this, boys seem to have less freedom. Girls wear pants, but a boy in a dress?! Look at businessmen who look like carbon copies of each other. Even businesswomen have more freedom in their clothing. But if a man complains, he gets called gay.

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Kiahna
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always hated the gender stereotypes. If a girl threw something at a boy, she would be told off. If a boy threw something at a girl, she would be told ‘it’s because he likes you’. Like, no; he’s hurting me and you can’t keep using that dumb excuse.

OreOs
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES it is v.impt to teach kids from a very young age that it is ok to look up to any gender role models and that bad behaviors will not be excused just because "boys will be boys". Another phrase i always hear to crying boys is that "big boys dont cry/you are a boy you shouldnt cry" this dismisses their feelings and ANYONE IS ALLOWED TO CRY when appropriate

Bunzilla
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally agree. 'Boys will be boys' and 'Boys don't cry' have to be some of the most toxic things you can tell kids.

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Carol Emory
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My MIL taught her sons to respect women. She never objectified toys or made certain things taboo. She wanted them to grow up with open minds. In my family, my father never wanted his daughters to be at the mercy of a man. He wanted them to be able to be as independent as possible. So when it came time to raise my son, my husband and I decided to approach it with open minds. As a result..@ 27 years old, my autistic son is polite, helpful..and one of the biggest Bronies you'll ever meet (Bronies are boys that like My Little Pony!!)

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your MIL gave you a great gift. Same for your father. I had a MIL who taught her sons that women were put on this earth to serve men. My husband never did housework, which put a great burden on me, and it was a bad influence on our sons.

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Caroline Driver
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this is a fantastic way of illustrating why toxic masculinity is a terrible thing. I've been saying it for years, men are quite happy to love women, protect women, provide for women (I'm referring to the decent ones who don't actualy abuse them, physically or mentally), but for the most part, they still think that anything 'girly' such as crying, showing feelings, being sensitive, listening to friend's problems, sitting on the toilet to pee, is the most awful, embarrassing, humiliating thing ever, which just shows what they really think about us, how they have been conditioned to feel and think about us.

TheKnightOwl
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Things are changing. I work in a place where there's a lot of interaction with children, and see a lot less of this than I used to. J As an example, just recently a little boy was upset because we didn't have any pink golf balls, and pink is his fav colour. I showed him the red or the purple as that was the closest we had, and he picked purple as it was his second fav colour. I was waiting for his dad to react in some way about pink being his favourite colour, and all I saw was him smiling at his son...that's progress. Usually a comment like that would be met with embarrassment and trying to sway the little boy to a more "manly" colour. It's just a small anecdote, but it's a step in the right direction.

Elizabeth
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've always been really grateful for my parents.... they didn't do this stuff. I was allowed to be a tomboy and none of my siblings were ever "steered" away from "female" things. Heck, they forced all of us to do dishes, laundry, trash duties, and lawn mowing. Looking back on it they were extremely progressive. In reality, my Dad wanted all of us to be self sufficient. *proud*

Henrik Strömblad
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I watched Kim Possible and Totally Spies as a kid. Great shows. And don't even get me started on Xena the Warrior Princess and Sailor Moon. I also grew up in Sweden though and with my single mom, who didn't really care about that. I dare say I'm a better person for it. (As a side note though I also loved mindless action with Arnie and Sly. Last Man Standing is also one of the best movies ever. Just goes to show that we can all like things all over the spectrum and it doesn't mean shit other than that we like it and should be allowed to like it. God damn it.)

Lauren Caswell
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I never missed an episode of xena growing up ^-^ but on the armor note, my ultimate fave (apart from t2) was last action hero

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Denisa Tomášová
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so interesting, how current is this for me right now. Because it's not even while ago I was thinking about it. Just a week ago I was in a store and while in a toys isle there was a woman with like a 4 year old boy. She told him that he can choose what he wants, but than when he picked something, she said that SHE didn't like the toy ( which I found absulute nonsense, such a statement) and then whe he wanted stuffed animal with hair bow the mom said that "it's too girly". Man, I was so angered on the inside, like how can you defy the geder of your 4-year-old child like that, it was just a freaking stuffed toy... And I mean, as for the while I was there the mom was still deciding the "chosen" toy for the kid. At this point how is this shaping 4 year old child, when then I can see boys under 10 cat calling me even though I'm way older than them. It's just a full circkle and at this point it's fault of both parents.

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cat calling is just a way of objectifying and degrading females. Likely they learned this behavior from male relatives. NO WOMAN OR GIRL WANTS TO BE CAT CALLED.

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Samuel
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll add my 2 cents from what I've seen and experienced when I was a boy. I noticed most of us boys at primary school were encouraged to play with action figures or cops and robbers. Being seen even playing the same games with girls (I.e. jump rope or handstands) was considered strange and offensive. This of course was back in the early 90's. I vaguely remember after school waiting to get picked up and seeing one off my class mates getting picked up from his dad. The boy told his dad, "today, a boy came to school wearing a pink coat, and we all laughed" His dad said "that's not funny for him to wear pink.. he will end up turning into a fag if he carries on like that" I was too young to understand what any of that meant. I suppose it's an old mentality of of people not wanting young boys becoming gay. Just a theory.

Bubble tea 🤗
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have 3 brothers and grew up liking things my bros liked . Like when a cool and expensive car passes I’m in awe my friends seem weirdid out about it. I have a tomboyish style too most of my clothes are hammy downs from my older bros. Having 3 brothers doesn’t mean I didn’t like “girly” stuff my bros loved playing with my dolls only last year did they come out with an boy America girl doll. There shouldn’t be a gender on what toys kids can play with!

Bunzilla
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why it made me very sad to see companies like Kinder Surprise and Lego suddenly come out with 'girls' versions of their products. Especially Lego, seeing as how, in their earlier days, they were really against that. I saw some of their early ads, and it kinda blew my mind how progressive they were, especially for the time.

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read041
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I grew up with my mom always trying to force me to like dresses, pink, and "girly" things. She didn't lile me wearing jeans, liking video games and comics, and loving sports. She really gave me a lot of self esteem issues I still deal with at 30.

Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He has hit the nail on the head.

Tisha Bell
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The 'Girl' toy aisle is brighter, more colorful, and has sparkles all over it, the "Boy" aisle is dark, a repetition of black paired with a shocking red, blue, or yellow. you put that combination and make any child choose- they're going to go with the stimulation overload of rainbows and sparkles. It's not about 'gender' kids are attracted to bright, shiny, and colorful objects.

Nick Factor
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's actually because 10% of males are colourblind.

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Pan Narrans
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Get your kids to read the Robert Heinlein or the Terry Pratchett juveniles. Great stories, great female characters.

Mewton’s Third Paw
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m surprised this is still an issue and I’m also surprised that this is a hill that conservatives want to die on. You’d think if parents were conservative that they’d just ignore a child’s sexuality on purpose or they’ll eventually start dating and possibly having sex. I’m not even joking. My parents were somewhat conservative Iranians and they let us play with boys and girls toys and never ever encouraged us to have crushes or boyfriends. If you don’t remind a kid that they are a boy or a girl, they won’t need to grapple with things like crushes, gender or sexuality until they are a little older. People always rush their kids to be one thing or another and have girlfriends and baby kisses and all that weird shit. A kid is an entirely non sexual entity and even making a big deal out of gender and orientation is sexualizing a child in my opinion.

rajath nair
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once walked into a video game store with 2 hostel mates of mine. I intended to buy a game called 'Bayonetta', a pretty amazing game with a cool as heck female protagonist. I found it and as I immediately picked it up, one of my mates looked down at me and asked in Hindi if 'I still had my dick on me'. This is the problem. No matter what form of media it is, male protagonists and heroes are always considered normal role models. I don't care. I don't get impressed with fictional characters because of their gender. If there is a badass heroine who kills demons and monsters, I will proudly call myself a fan.

Nick Factor
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BAYONETTA IS AMAZING, also she primarily kills brainwashed angels until toward the end of the second game.

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TwiceRice23
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sad. It's 2019 people. Let kids be kids, regardless of outdated and harmful gender roles!!

Slinkman
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A boy at the after school daycare where i work loves the colour pink more then anything. Also when i'm painting faces he wants to be a prinses, i gladly make one of him. Adults need to step over 'how it should be' and take some lessons from our children.

Tralee Aylett
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So true. When I was younger my favourite colour was blue so my grandad painted my room blue. But it was a shade of blue that as I got older it would be able to go purple if I added purple accents. My brother jokingly said "only girls wear pink" and I found a black t-shirt that said "REAL MEN WEAR PINK!" on it in hot pink and gave it to him one Christmas. He loved it so much he wore it out, not to mention he go so many positive comments about it

Monika Soffronow
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When my son was a toddler, he used to stand on a stool beside me in the kitchen, doing the dishes, cleaning fish, or cutting vegetables. Whenever my mother in law saw this, she would immediately suggest the two of them go for a walk and informing me that I was going to turn him into a homosexual. "Nope", was my response, "I am going to make him into a real man, a real human being, who knows how to do things that need to get done, not a stunted man like his grandpa." She is now a lot older, with beginning dementia, and often enjoys eating a delicious meal her grandson has cooked.

Rei Cayetano
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for creating this illustration.

Kim Hatfield
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a Pre-K teacher and it saddens me when a classmate tells a boy he shouldn't use pink because it's a girl color. I set them straight - t's just a color! Children need to be free to explore and engage in a variety of activities - gender should not be an obstacle.

Eagle Girl
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

..and people wonder why a woman in a position of power is viewed as wrong

BusLady
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When it comes to "girl toys" and "boy toys": When I was a kid, I thought all the boy toys were cooler than the girl toys, but I was not allowed to play with my brothers toys. On the other hand, my youngest son was allowed to play with girl toys, like Barbie dolls and doll houses. He also played with the traditional boy toys like Leggos and toy cars.

Izzi
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was like 100% correct, but honestly, as a girl, we do get told to relate to female characters more. I mentioned how I related to Chandler Bing because I'm sarcastic and awkward and was told I couldn't because he was a guy character. The issue goes both ways. Just let kids be kids and look up to any role model of any gender or sex. Damn.

Zophra
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your teacher was stupid.

Ellen Peck
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pink, Blue, Blue, Pink - it's all in the 'conditioned' eye - look at Victorian times...! https://jezebel.com/the-history-of-pink-for-girls-blue-for-boys-5790638

Ina Norberg-Schulz
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My godson loved Elsa from Frozen. For his 5 birthday I asked him what he wanted for hisbirthday and he emadently said ELSA! I asked his mom if there was anything he needed and she awnsered he is in lack of sweaters. I bought him two sweaters whit Elsa-prints and he was ecstatic! The sad part was when the father went back to the shop and changed them for prints of Olaf and Sven. That led to a nasty fight where the father jelled at me that i could not by girlclothing to his boy...

Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You end up like an ex of mine who couldn't get through Erin Brokovich because it was a "chick flick". It was a serious drama and although it's fine if he just didn't like it, but he could not even allow himself to get interested because it was about a woman. Frightening.

Renita McAfee
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen 2 year old boys (and older) beaten and called names if he cries because he hurt himself. Crying is for girls and gay men, according to many parents.

Janis Wise
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s just so simple really. We have always let my three soon to be four granddaughter pick her own toys. Obliviously consideration of price is a factor but never what color or gender specific characteristics the toy has. Consequently she has trucks and cars, baby dolls and superheroes, pink fluffy rug in her bedroom by her bed and a race track carpet on the other side of the room. We’ve never been concerned with her gender identity because of the toys she picked, but then we’ve never been concerned with her gender identity for any other reason either. A time will come and she’ll figure out what’s right for her, and we’ll be thrilled and love her whoever she turns out to be. She is this awesome kid right now, why would she be any less awesome just because of her gender leaning? Take a load off your shoulders, and pressure off the kids. The rest will work out, your opinion certainly isn’t going to change it, and just enjoy them.

James Gallegos
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