Courage to be the Exception

A longer letter from the parent here. “Here’s my 4 year old daughter talking about how kids at preschool teased her for wearing ‘boy’ shoes…How many kids have the courage to be the ‘exception?’ And why has straying from pink or princess become an exception?”

Posted by on November 9th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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2 Responses to “Courage to be the Exception”

  1. tigr

    I’m so happy about how strong this kid is (and glad the parents are supportive)! I just wish they wouldn’t have to be so strong, simply to wear a pair of shoes. Why do the other kids even care…


  2. Anonymous

    I worry about this all the time. My little one is female bodied and the stereotyping began before birth. Nearly all of the gifts we were given were pink or purple. We are very lucky to get lots of hand me down clothes (which we need) but they are nearly uniformly pink, purple, have words like “sweet,” “cute,” or “angel” on them.

    Putting a little girl in clothing that would be acceptable even in conservative circles on an adult woman is even out of the norm. For instance, as a cis-gendered woman, I can wear jeans, a blue t-shirt, and a gray hoodie. If I put my daughter in that same outfit people assume she is a boy or that I am making some kind of statement.

    I just want her to be whoever she wants to be and have all choices open to her.


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