quoteRMR also listed some of the comments from the 29.6%;“Is it okay for boys to play with Barbies?”
63.1% said yes (955 voters)
29.6% said no (448 voters)
7.3% were undecided (111 voters)
quoteI am personally of the opinion that those quotes are utter bollocks. Even Dr Phil acknowledged that sexuality is hardwired; not letting your children play and explore just tells them that you don't accept them as they are. That their feelings and gender-presentation are not acceptable.“Baby dolls, absolutely. Barbie dolls? Redirect to something that doesn’t scream drag queen.” – Baba
“If by playing you mean ripping his sister’s barbies to shreds with tools he stole from dad’s workshed, sure. Redirection is in order for this situation. Get out the rescue hero guys or the lincoln logs for him to build barbie a summer home.” – Nate
“Definitely NOT!!!!!!! that’s why (there are) so many FREAKS in the world now…boys shouldn’t play with any Female dolls…ok nothing wrong with GI Joe cause they don’t have hair 1st of all and they are skinny lil men. Barbie (has) female parts and have hair and make up.” – Monique
“Boys should play with action figures and girls should play with dolls.” - Derrell
“There is too much ‘feminism of America’ and I admire my husband for his masculinity…boys should be ‘taught’ masculinity!” – Jan
quote ByzantineBasically this, especially the part about the difficulties they'd face. I know the child would get a lot of harsh comments and maybe even be bullied for it but I'd still let them dress and act how they liked, making sure they got all the support they needed and that they knew they might be facing a tough time and a lot of negative attitudes.I would have absolutely no problem letting my child dress and act however they want to, or identify as whatever gender they want. I would be fully supportive, and let them know that whatever they choose to be in life, that i'll love and support them regardless. I would let them know about the difficulties they'll probably face, but let them know in every possible way that they won't do it alone, and that no matter what grief they're given, they should never be ashamed of who they are. I also wouldn't have any problem letting people know that this is my child, and who they are is who they are. I wouldn't be ashamed at all, or have to psyche myself up.
Well maybe it's just my area, but I never see a kid walking round doing ballet, wearing pink. If you went into school like that there's no question you'd be bullied for being weird and different. A normal child would be out with their mates, probably playing football (I'm not saying that if you don't like it or play it you aren't normal) and not doing ballet in a tutu.
So to answer you're question, I wasn't really stating what was normal because we all perceive "normal" as different things, but this definitely wouldn't be normal. Like that Fosters' advert, I'm not saying one is right and one is wrong, but the other one is definitely wrong.
quote SeveranceHow are you defining 'normal' here, and why do you think this is it? It isn't clear from your post - you appear to take those things as priors and assume everyone will be on the same page.He'd wear a football kit and play football, like any normal child would be.
quote SeveranceWhy not? Jean Claude Van Dam did ballet for years and his not even remotely gay or messed up from it.I think people should let their kids be what they want to be, not what their parents wants them to be.Wasn't Action Man made as the boys' alternative to Barbie? If my son wanted a barbie, he'd get an Action Man. Nor would he be wearing pink and he definitely wouldn't be doing ballet. He'd wear a football kit and play football, like any normal child would be.
Wasn't Action Man made as the boys' alternative to Barbie? If my son wanted a barbie, he'd get an Action Man. Nor would he be wearing pink and he definitely wouldn't be doing ballet. He'd wear a football kit and play football, like any normal child would be.
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