Yesterday while enjoying some time at a friend’s BBQ someone noticed that Elliott’s toenails were painted pink (well they were red to be exact). ‘Oh my gosh, who painted Elliott’s toes pink’? I heard from across the yard. ‘I did’ I said. When I was painting my toenails last weekend, Elliott wanted to have his done too and so without question or thought, I painted them for him.
And then the questions kept coming ‘Do other boys have their toenails painted pink at Elliott’s daycare? What do they say?’ ‘Well, I don’t know’ I replied. ‘I don’t really look and actually, I don’t really care.’ I just couldn’t believe the questions that were being asked about a bloody colour of nail polish on my son’s toes.
That’s what it is, it’s a colour, just like blue, green or purple, pink is a colour (although I’ll say it again, it was red). I asked these same people if they were therefore against boys playing with dolls and pushing prams and I didn’t get much of a response.
If you ask Elliott what his favourite colour is at the moment, guess what it is? PINK. That’s right. And for the people so against little boys wearing pink, playing with things that are pink, or dolls or prams, what are you going to tell a little boy that loves pink and doesn’t know the difference between green and pink other than that they are different colours?
I think it’s really unfair that because of a parents perception of the whole stereotypical argument of pink and blue, that a child isn’t able to make their own choices or potentially be ridiculed for it. There’s no doubt that there will be children at kindergarten and school as Elliott grows older that have had the whole ‘blue for boys and pink for girls’ scenario drilled into their heads and I feel sorry for them. All I can do as Elliott’s mum is continue with our acceptance of the colour (I can’t believe I’m arguing about a colour) refrain from the stereotyping bullshit and let Elliott make his own decision when he comes to it. I really hope that he’s one of those men that can proudly wear a pink shirt because it’s a nice colour.
Rant Over. Thank you for listening.
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT