"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh
J. Crew (a clothing line for those who are clueless) published it's latest catalog recently, featuring their President and creative director, Jenna Lyons, and her son in a section. The picture is of the two giggling about, and Jenna is painting his nails hot pink.
Now if this were me who came upon this picture, I'd of thought nothing more of it except that you don't see that often, and turned the page to the next item. However, some people (of course, there's always those people who can't let anything rest in peace) were uneasy about the picture.
Why, you ask? Well, they're not too fond of painting the boys nails pink.
Like I said, those people.
Actually, reading the article on Yahoo, they never quoted anyone who had an issue with it, but they did have a quote from a "doctor" who didn't like it too much.
I won't quote him directly (you can click that link up there to read it) because I don't want copyright shit to take this post or blog down (though I doubt they would, I'm just paranoid). But he pretty much said painting the son's nails hot pink will turn him transgendered or that he'll need psychotherapy when he's older because of this, and that it'll affect him and everyone around him.
Is it just me, or do most doctors seem to just spew crap facts from their mouth, just because they have a Ph. D or some shit? Seriously, most of you guys don't know shit, you're just going by statistics or brainwashed opinion. Give it up already, we all know you just want our money and we want your prescription pad.
So anyway, this is my response (that I commented on first instead of coming straight here, silly me.)
"This guy obviously doesn't understand that it's the year 2011 and no one cares if someone paints their kid's toenails pink. What matters most, Mr. Doctor, a happy child (as Jenna's son seems to be VERY happy in that picture), or a generation where all girls are girly and all boys are manly? The only way this kid is going to be affected by it is saying later in life that he had a good relationship with his mother and came out accepting people for who they are, not just their gender rolls.
Plus, even if the kid came out gay or transgendered, what business is it to him? There's nothing wrong with that. If you think there's something wrong with being gay/lesbian/transgendered etc., then there's something wrong with YOU, not the other way around."
I think one of my favorite quotes from one of the Yahoo commenter's ("Ben V") is, "my son has had his toenails and fingernails pink...and I don't worry about him being 'turned' gay. He also has worn an eyepatch and a hook for a hand...should I worry about him turning into a pirate?" (For the record, I did cut the quote short of it's last sentence.)
Probably the best quote ever.
It's stupid, really. What mother out there has never had her little boy walk around in her heels? Or eat her lipstick? Seriously people, you're overreacting. Grow up and let your kids have some fun. Don't worry about if they like girls or boys, that's irrelevant. What is relevant, though, is if they had a happy childhood and a good relationship with you.