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  1. says

    here’s the sad thing – most of the naysayers (boy with the pink shoes) would gladly give him a toy gun.

    that’s our culture. and damn, it needs changing. kudos to those parents.

  2. says

    is that how homosexuality occurs in the animal kingdom, too?

    the lion got molested by another male lion? the duck had an overbearing mother and an absentee father?


  3. Jeff says

    Fourth crossdressing post in 2 days as the gutless, amoral Andy Towle tries to get back into the good graces of trans activists. C’mon Andy. Don’t stop your self-debasement now. We still need a post on how gay men all use lipstick and aren’t really men.

  4. says

    Jeff, stop being upset that that kid has parents that support him no matter who he is, or how he is about it, and yours didn’t.

    it’s not the fault of gender-nonconformists, and their supportive family and friends who love them, that you’re still in Stage 2 of dealing with your Velvet Rage.

  5. LiamB says

    Since when does a kid liking pink count as a transgender issue? If that story at all makes you think the kid is transgendered, you’re pretty ignorant on the issue. Though, from your post, you seem to have a number of issues to work through as it is.

  6. Fenrox says

    I see the boy in pink shoes to be a good thing, it works like this: Kid wants to wear pink shoes. Parents warn kid. Kid dons shoes anyway. Kid will be picked on for shoes (Not bullied, not necessarily, there is a big difference). Kid will either throw shoes away and learn a lesson about group think and his school, or the kid will defend himself and his choices.

    The last part is where the parents need to come in! Any parent can let their kid wear strange/bent things, it takes a real parent to explain the aftermath in a way where the child is empowered into making and understanding their own decision.

    When I was a kid, one Halloween I wanted to go as an angel. I was really into gipsy art (I had just played ff6) and so I wanted my angel costume to be adorned and real. So I put on white flowy robes and tied them with jeweled necklaces. You get the rest of the picture, I was Pit’s much gayer brother. My mom all but blocked the door she was so anxious about me getting ripped apart outside, but i went anyway. The kids were instantaneously calling me fag and laughing and I got really hurt and ran home. My mom explained the weight of choices and how they pay off. She got me a book on activism later to reinforce that some stands aren’t “worth” taking at the time, but are actually vitally important. It let me have conviction in my actions, that I was doing things with purpose, that I was choosing to fight.

    I hope parents that have these kids follow up with them. The damage control phase is always the most auspicious time to learn.

  7. Kyle says

    The cool thing about the boy is that he doesn’t see the pink shoes as feminine. He’s described as a more or less typical boy who just happens to like some pink shoes. I’m reminded of people who think necklaces, earrings, long hair, bodywash, etc. are feminine. These are all examples of arbitrary gender appropriations–they have no intrinsic relation to gender at all. The degendering of pink would be a welcome cultural development.

  8. Francis says

    Most of the comments I’ve seen around the web have been positive towards the little boy Sam and his mother. That’s really good to see. I doubt that would have happened a few years ago. And hopefully *the* fact most of the comments have been positive serves as a means to get the people who are more uncomfortable with gender nonconformity/homosexuality/whatever issues they have on board and gets them to realize it really isn’t a big deal is a boy wears pink heels or wants to play with toys promoted to girls.

  9. UFFDA says

    I once saw a boy with pink shoes
    Who loved them because they made news.
    His passion I think
    Was not about pink
    But ’bout having the freedom to choose.