Cute photo right? A mother and son laughing and playing together. Well it's causing HUGE controversy back home in the US. It's part of the ad below which was sent out to JCrew customers and features their creative director Jenna Lyons and her son Beckett.
If you are like me you're thinking, um what's the big deal? Well the extreme right says it "features blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children" and even goes on to say "Jenna's indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future.”
WHAT THE F*&£!!!!!!!!!!
First off, correct me if I'm wrong, but nailpolish does not make someone transgendered. Furthermore the only thing that dictates that nailpolish or the colour pink for that matter are "only for girls" is culture. Culture can not change your biology and whether you are gay, straight, boy, girl, transgendered or otherwise is decided by your DNA. Pink nailpolish won't change your DNA.
Secondly, how dare some right-wing pundit (that quote is from a woman by the way) call Jenna a bad mother! How does she know what kind of mother she is and how can she so callously declare she's making her son's life hard by painting his toes? Women are supposed to help one another aren't we?
Regardless for the reasons (for all we know Beckett has two big sisters and didn't want to be left out of the pedicure fun) there is absolutely nothing wrong with painting a boy's toenails pink. The only thing that tells us it is "wrong" is popular culture dictates that it's just for girls. I don't know about you but I don't let culture tell me what to do or not to do.
I say that Jenna Lyons is a FABULOUS feminist mother who let's her son be who he wants to be and love whatever colours he wants to love. Y'all know I love dressing Blondie Boy in pink and if he wanted a pedicure, who am I to tell him no because "culture" says he can't? I'm going to raise my son to believe he can be anything he wants to be and do anything he wants to do whether it's popular culture or not.
Quotes and images from the LA Times. And thanks to Sally for bringing this story to my attention.