Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I see stupid people.

I watched an item on Breakfast News earlier this month about a little American boy who went to school on Hallowe'en dressed as Daphne from Scooby Doo. Apparently other mothers from the school had something to say about that and there's been a backlash against his parents for letting him "cross dress".

How utterly ridiculous. And how deeply sad that there are people so scared of anything different that they won't let children play normally. I was working in the Nursery Class today and we had a circle time about our favourite dressing-up clothes. One little boy said he wanted to dress as a princess and later put on some purple gauzy number. Will that cause him to grow up as a transvestite or make him gay?

Of course not. Just like I never became a hairdresser despite that being my favourite game at four (though I do remember my funky 70's hairdryer with fondness). Just like my friend's son who played with a toy vacuum aged 3 and ten years later can barely raise himself from the sofa long enough to turn the TV off. The child in our classroom will grow up normal, whatever his own particular normal is. Whether the child in America will be as lucky, given the bigots who surround him, remains to be seen.


  1. Yes, I remember reading this too. What a joke. Although, the article I read said something along the lines of - the little lad changed his mind about wearing it just before he was due to go to the party but his Mum said he had to wear it as she had brought it for him! Even so, what does it matter what he wears. S x

  2. I heard this too, it's madness - what if a little girl dressed as batman - would she be cross-dressing too? (I wanted to be a bus driver when I was three - am hopeless at even driving a little Micra now!)


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