Last week an ad was emailed to J. Crew customers featuring a photo of the company’s president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her son in which she was painting his toenails pink. A caption below the picture read: “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” Oh, fun. Good for her. Good for him. Right? Wrong. This is an outrage!
Increasingly, girls show none of the reticence they once did to engage in early sexual relationships with boys. That may be a good thing from the standpoint of gender equality, but it could be a bad thing since there is no longer the same typically “feminine” brake on such behavior. Girls beat up other girls on YouTube. Young men primp and preen until their abdomens are washboards and their hair is perfect. And while that may seem like no big deal, it will be a very big deal if it turns out that neither gender is very comfortable anymore nurturing children above all else, and neither gender is motivated to rank creating a family above having great sex forever and neither gender is motivated to protect the nation by marching into combat against other men and risking their lives.
motherfucker thinks a young child putting pink nail polish on his toes means that the Army is going to become a parade of siss-fags who are all promptly shot to Swiss cheese by the real men, the Al Qaedas. Boys should not be wearing nail polish, nor should they have washboard abs or gelled hair! Boys, men, should be pot-bellied and wild-haired, farting and raping and shooting guns in the air, while girls are pink and smell like cake batter and never wear trousers. Hahaha. What a stupid fuck Dr. Keith Ablow is. Sorry, but he just is! He ends his article thusly:
I wonder what Jenna would think if her son wanted to celebrate his masculinity with a little playacting as a cowboy, with a gun? Would that bring the same smile of joy and pure love that we see on her face in the J. Crew advertisement? Or would that be where she might draw the line?
Guns are better than nail polish, if you’re a boy. Thanks, Dr. Keith.
Some other moron is upset about this too, so that’s good. I mean just look at that picture! Look at that smiling little faggot! Just terrible. Just so worth writing angry columns about. Thanks, everyone. Thanks and great job. Thank you for protecting the sanctity of humanity, of which you are such a good example, Dr. Keith Ablow.
And this response from Gawker commenter skoc211:
A friend gave me a poster about a year ago about gender norms that I wish would hang in every classroom in the country:
“For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence. For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep. For every boy for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes. For every girl who throws out her E-Z-Bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one. For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self-esteem. For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who finds the way to freedom a little easier.”
Gender norms, in all forms, are destructive. Even when it’s something seemingly as insignificant as a little boy wearing pink nail polish and an asshole conservative freaking out about it.