I know, as a parent, I have made some mistakes. Everyone does. The one thing I am very careful of, is not gender stereotyping or sexualizing my kids. I will never tell my four year old son that he can’t paint his nails, or play with a doll, or that he has to play sports. I will also never tell my almost twelve year old daughter that she has to wear dresses, makeup, or needs those things to be “pretty”, or that she cannot like Star Wars or video games. Why do people feel like it is okay to send these messages to our kids? When you walk through a typical toy aisle in any department store, everything is so gender segregated. Its ridiculous. I remember playing with all types of toys, as my kids do. Recently, stores have begun to put out Halloween costumes. Its my favorite time of the year. I love Halloween. Its magical to me, to dress up and have fun, and get candy. So when I walk into the store and costumes actually have the words “boy” or “girl” on them, its so disheartening. To see that my daughter can have the choice of a short skirt, or a shorter skirt is just sad. Why?
My son, who loves trucks and cooking, painting and dirt, legos and dollhouses, can be five different types of soldier, ninja, cop, or fireman. Where’s the choices for girls? Its not a fair world, and I never expected it to be, but if enough people complain, maybe something will finally get fixed.
I can’t even bring myself to look at the “tween” costumes. Like an Adam and Eve store ad. Sick, and just awful. Wear it as an adult, fine. Stop putting 12 year olds in knee high boots and short skirts.