Straight jacket of masculinity.

Someone wrote…

I worry about my beautiful son. I want him to live in a world where he’s free to express his beautiful and feminine side. But already he is already being forced by others into the constricting straight jacket of masculinity. Even before he’s three years old.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on April 2nd, 2009 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 2 comments »

2 Responses to “Straight jacket of masculinity.”

  1. Z

    It’s a difficult problem. When we were younger, my mom let my brother wear a dress that he liked, and she let us paint our nails. She defended us against criticism while she was around, but mainly due to other kids, we stopped doing these things. Now, as an adult, my brother acts in an ultra masculine way, and it seems like he’s lost, or repressed, any interest he once had.

    More than anything, I think finding a community to live in, where this kind of experimentation is encouraged, is important. You can’t protect and defend your kids all the time, so the kind of people they find themselves around makes all the difference.


  2. Andy

    Whoa, I could have said that exact thing about my son.


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