Seattle's 'Princess Boy,' 5, focus of gender-role debate

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Seattle's 'Princess Boy,' 5, focus of gender-role debate
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Sun, 11-07-2010 - 2:06pm

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Sometimes, when you look at other cultures clothing, it's the men that have the really



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tom.j.g wrote:

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"I do hope we can get over this as a culture. In the big picture, why is this even anybody elses business?"

Exactly!! Aside from the local utili-kilts...we also have a large population of men who wear ethnic styles - African caftans, sarongs, etc.

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There is a difference between ethnic clothing and dressing up as the opposite gender. I don't have a problem with families letting their small children dress how they want....you have to choose your battles. However, you really need to prepare your child for the consequences of going out of the norm and let them know that some people are going to laugh and giggle at them.

I have no doubt that that same child would laugh and giggle at a grown man dressed in a woman's dress and high heels. It is human nature to laugh or stare at people dressing odd or strange....meaning out of the norm of society.
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I find it odd that some would not even give a thought about a little girl wearing a pair of jeans, a flannel shirt and cowgirl boots.

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I think we put too much emphasis on gender roles and cloths in this country. People are people, they all have souls and that's what we need to focus on, the person. Clothes or fashion changes with time. You never know if in the future boys will be wearing skirts, like the Scottish men... We have more important things to worry about!

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Exactly! However, there are too many, not only in our country but around the world, who judge, bully & belittle those who aren't "normal" - omg, how I HATE that word!

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Can you honestly tell me that you never did a double take on somebody dressed strange? How do you explain to your 5 year old that the man in front of you dressed in drag at the grocery store is nothing to stare at or question?

When people do things out of the norm of their society....others are going to stare and question. This is human nature.
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athena-goddess12 wrote:
Can you honestly tell me that you never did a double take on somebody dressed strange? How do you explain to your 5 year old that the man in front of you dressed in drag at the grocery store is nothing to stare at or question?

When people do things out of the norm of their society....others are going to stare and question. This is human nature.
I don't see what the big deal is.

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