Would you let your boy wear a dress?

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Would you let your boy wear a dress?
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 3:01pm

How do you think you would handle it if your son wanted to wear a dress to the first day of preschool? 

The New York Times reports, that's what one family did when Alex, their 4-year-old boy, begged to wear a dress to preschool and his psychologist and pediatrician advised his parents they should let their gender-nonconforming child wear what he wants.

It's an issue that some parents today are facing, since this is the "first generation to allow boys to openly play and dress (to varying degrees) in ways previously restricted to girls -- to exist in what one psychologist called 'that middle space' between traditional boyhood and traditional girlhood," according to the newspaper.


For me it's not the issue of wearing a dress, it's about protecting him from being teased or bullied.  On the flip side, maybe we can break down stereotypes if more boys feel comfortable acting in a non-traditional male manner.  What do you think?


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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 8:50am

Ay ay ay.... To be completely honest... If my boy wanted to wear a dress I would probably freak out!

Maybe it is wrong of me, but I'm not sure I could be cool about it and let him explore that 'middle space'. I think it would require a REALLY big effort to accept something like that.