Feminist mom, Leah McLaren has two sons who are your typical rough and tumble young boys. McLaren was offended by her youngest son who is only 3 years old after he rejected ‘girlish’ things and vows to turn him into a ‘proud princess whether he likes it or not’.
Leah McLaren wrote the following article on the Canadian site The Globe and Mail:
The other day I was sitting in the park with James, 3, when I picked a dandelion and handed it to him as a present. “No way, Mummy,” he said, pushing away my gift. “Flowers are pretty and I’m a boy.”
And I thought: That’s it. I’m signing him up for ballet.
Wonderful! So her innocent 3 year old boy rejects flowers and she’s going to punish him by putting him in ballet with all girls who wear pink tutus. But wait, there’s more…
As James gets older and begins to discover himself, I realize that he is being guided just as much by what he vehemently rejects as what he genuinely loves (zombies, magic, ice cream, dogs and dancing). Some of the things he now pushes away he truly seems to dislike (yogurt, itchy sweaters, going to bed), but other things he is starting to turn on for reasons of obvious cultural conditioning.
James isn’t entirely sure who he is yet, but he definitely knows what he’s not, and that’s 1) a baby or 2) a girl. Lately, anything that falls into either of those two categories is verboten to him.
But as I watch my son reject flowers and dolls and even pink Popsicles – all things that until, very recently, he adored – on the grounds that they are “girlish,” I have come to see Fine’s point. There is something inherently sexist, even covertly misogynist, in the way we discourage boys away from pretty things while telling girls they can have it all.
So now it’s sexist and misogynist to discourage boys from being effeminate….this is Feminism, folks! It gets better…
This sort of messaging is a bad thing for boys because it’s culturally limiting, but in the broader sense it’s even worse for girls. Because what it is saying is this: Boy stuff is universally cool and girl stuff is silly and worthless.
This internal dialogue is just astounding. This mother is actually internally debating gender theory and lamenting her child seeing the world in binary terms, ie; mommy and daddy, boy and girl but seeks to slowly brainwash this poor child by blurring gender lines…
Much as I dislike the idea of anything being categorized as inherently feminine or masculine, it’s hard to explain poststructuralist gender theory to a three-year old. For James, the world is pretty much binary at the moment, and trying to shift that perspective – little by little – has become my pet project. It’s also a window into what a strange place the world must be for transgender or gender-non-conforming kids.
And this is how this mother believes her son will learn to love and respect women…
If I want my son to love and respect women, I am going to have to teach him to embrace – and ideally appreciate – “girlish” things. That’s why I’m weaving him a dandelion crown and signing him up for ballet.
And here is the grand finale…you just can’t make this stuff up. How do you think this young boy is going to perceive his mother after she forces him to do things that he naturally rejects?
I’m going to turn the little alphabet belcher into a proud princess whether he likes it or not.
Story by The Gateway Pundit.