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    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
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    January 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm
    Link: Princess Boy On The Today Show - 5-year-old Dyson Kilodavis loves sparkly things: princess gowns, hot pink socks, glittery jewelry. Deal with it.
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    Wizensilver Male 13-17
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    January 5, 2011 at 6:31 am
    Aww, that kid`s awesome. His parents are even more awesome. Usually with a child that young, you`d think someone would try and repress his feelings, but it`s really great that they`ve just embraced it and not really had any problems with it at all :D
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    TysonRP Male 13-17
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    January 5, 2011 at 6:41 am
    I love how the Dad`s reaction WAS essentially "That`s how he is, deal with it."
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    vicious_liar Male 13-17
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    January 5, 2011 at 6:49 am
    If love how they handle this situation. They all seem really okay with it.

    If it is just a `phase` though, boy, is he going to be embarrassed later...
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:15 am
    Come on. What would our Fathers have said 20 or 30 years ago ? Be honest . It wouldn`t have flown for 90% of us! What are you wearing ? I don`t think so ! And that would have been that. Its the same now as it was then. Give me a brea...k. If Im going to be more "open minded" its going to be about trying a new food or listning to a new song. Not buying my son a closet full of dresses. If thats his thing. Fine. But not under my roof eating my food. I mean come on. Dresses are expensive. Levis are stylish and last forever.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:20 am
    I`m torn. On the one hand I`m thinking let the kid do what makes him feel right. On the other hand, I`m thinking, you`re a boy, you don`t wear dresses, and since you`re five, you can`t pick your own clothes. Nothing wrong with either one of these options, really.
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    basketkase Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:21 am
    if he doesn`t grow out of it hes gonna have a terrible time in school
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:26 am
    It`s just society assigned gender roles. Clothing is clothing, colours are colours etc, it`s only society which has dictated that one is for males and one for frmales.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:27 am
    okay, I get it`s a big pink flag he`s "differant" and you can let him play dress-up at home but you have to teach him NOT to do that in public or he is gonna get beat to death some day.

    Yeah, it`s `wrong` and a `double standard`
    It`s called REAL LIFE people, teach kids to deal with it.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:27 am
    Or maybe the kid really hates it and this is Mom`s way of getting attention
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:29 am
    basketkase, if more people were like these parents, he wouldn`t have a terrible time in school. I wish everyone raised their kids the way they do.

    I get poo from my family for letting my daughter dress the way she wants and pursue her unique interests because she doesn`t fit into the traditional gender mold our society has created for children. Part of what`s wrong with the world today is that we try too hard to shape our children into things that they aren`t and don`t want to be.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:35 am
    I saw a news story about another boy like this. He grew up and cut his penis off and claims to be happy. Who knew?
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    Helgarin Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 7:49 am
    *snicker*
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:02 am
    I am all sorts of torn about this. On one hand, I get it. I would want my children to break out of gender roles and do what makes them happy. And I would support the crap out of them.

    BUT-- children WILL be cruel to him. Being relentlessly teased as a 5 yearold is WAY different than some douche calling you a fag when your 22. I suspect that this might backfire and the poor little guy will be so scarred that he will never want to express himself again.
    I also am concerned about his parents getting so much attention. How will they feel if he decides to wear boys clothes again??
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    rainbowfarts Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:08 am
    It`s nice that his parents are so accepting about their son but he is going to catch a lot of shyt.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:17 am
    My Daughter likes to play with cars and trains and is afraid of dolls. She also likes to pretend to cook. Who cares. Let your kids be themselves. Don`t force them to be what you think they should be.

    Will this kid have trouble in school? Probably. But someone has to be the first to break the mold. Someone has to be the first to say "it`s OK to be different". I applaud the family and hope the kid continues to express himself.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:21 am
    Exactly, patchouly. Teaching your children not to be themselves because others might not approve is teaching them to be afraid of the world. It takes courage to not give a crap about what others think.
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    maniacalg Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:21 am
    Send him to military school so if he turns out gay, he`ll at least be able to kick some a$$. They have TONS of sparkly things.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am
    Yeah, torn also here. This is cute and harmless for a five year old, but I wonder growing up like this how he will handle the "Oh, yeah, that`s Dyson, he`s different" kind of reaction - how much further will he have to push it and will he constantly be in a battle with others who are uncomfortable with it. If he wants to be a male cheerleader say, will he be that kid that takes the school board to court because he wants to wear the skirt outfit and not the pants? Like Gerry said, this is real life - and sometimes life can be hard enough without making it harder by proclaiming yourself as a princess boy.

    I wish I could be pajama lady 24/7, but the reality is, I have to put on certain clothes and certain shoes and go to my job and that`s just what you do.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:37 am
    good for them and him. The hardest thing I did was deny my 3 year old son a barbie costume. There was no logical reason why he should not have one, given he knew girls could wear `boy` clothes. Man, woman or child- wear what you like and feel good. Perhaps if more men wore frocks in public we would all be a little happier.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:38 am
    But on the other hand, I guess it`s better that he is happy with side of ridicule here and there than to wind up suicidal or something.
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    SgtKunnt Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:43 am
    Dyson... Isn`t that a vacuum cleaner brand... LOL
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:46 am
    Parents nowadays just forgot how to be real parents
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    poppakap1971 Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:49 am
    what a homo
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:53 am
    @SgtKunnt - I didn`t even catch that - unfortunate it has to be the name of something that never stops sucking. :()
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 8:55 am
    "Parents nowadays just forgot how to be real parents"

    Yeah, there was a time when parenting meant stifling your child`s individuality until their spirit was so thoroughly broken that they lived in fear of ever stepping outside of the tiny box you crammed them into "for their own good." Why can`t we go back to the good old days?
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    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:06 am
    Just more proof that sexuality is decided by the size of the hemispheres of your brain in the womb.

    Either the kid is going to be a comfortable gay man, or a MTF transsexual.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:07 am
    Good! Let him be.
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    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:08 am
    move over hipsters...
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    DMonk Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:17 am
    Dyson... Like the vacuum... She`s raising a housewife.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:18 am
    Too bad the parents are encouraging socially destructive behavior. In normal cases, something like this would be just a phase that the kid would get bored of in a few weeks then move on to something else, hopefully more constructive. Now the parents are forcing this behavior as this child`s identity and if he does get bored of it and try to change, the parents will accuse him of giving up his individuality. The kid`s probably not even gay.
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    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:19 am
    @meepmaker

    And thats why these videos still pop up on IAB.

    "If thats his thing. Fine. But not under my roof eating my food."

    Nobody deserves to get kicked out of a house run by their own family. Seriously dude, acceptance.
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    missPWNAGE Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am
    Our society has so mant screwed up "rules"... I`m glad to see things changing.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:23 am
    How is wearing a dress socially destructive, Volsunga?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:28 am
    I was under the misguided impression that a parent`s job was to teach a child how to be a successful adult. By success I mean able to survive and thrive in the real world.

    But if all you teach them is "Do whatever you want as long as you are happy" then you had better be prepared to support them the rest of your life....and their kids also.

    Harsh Life Lesson #1 - Happiness is not guaranteed.
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    SgtKunnt Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:30 am
    @Oystah I was thinking about making that connection, but thought it would be unsuitable.. You went there, thus gaining my respect!
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:31 am
    You are absolutely right, Gerry, and there are plenty of successful adults who are creative, unique and eclectic people who grew up with a healthy sense of who they are.

    You and others seem to think raising kids is black and white; either you encourage their personalities or you teach them to be functioning members of society. But that`s now how real life works. The healthiest, most well adjusted people strike a balance between the two.
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    gingerlad95 Male 13-17
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:32 am
    Welp I`ve lost most of my respect for this generation. And the next one. And my generation. And the previous generation.
    Yes there are some roles that genders are supposed to play. It was set like this for a reason. So that we don`t have `gender-confused` boys like this one. Boys shouldn`t be sensitive or peaceful or rebellious against guidelines set by society, they should, however, be able to roll with the blows as they come and not girly.

    I know what youre thinking, "he`s a closed-mminded fool stuck in the past. he needs to be more sensitive to the changing world because the world will become more (insert demeaning and feminine word here)". Youre right, i am a closed minded fool stuck in the past using the guidelines taught by society years ago. I use it because it makes sense. Boys should be boys. They shouldnt dress like girls or be sensitive.
    oh and he`ll probably become a very comfortable gay man later in life or a MtF transexual person. I see nothing
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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:36 am
    Meepmaker:

    Exactly! What happened to those days when children were seen and not heard. Where they were sent to work as soon as they could. We need more jobs like being a chimney sweep damn it! When we brought our children up to understand that it was wrong to be a certain way. That you had to be what they told you.

    On a less sarcastic note, who cares what our fathers would have said 20 or 30 years ago? There was a time when they would beat the gay our of their children.

    If more children were raised like this, or were taught to not hate someone because they`re different then that would be a whole lot better.

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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Gerry1of1:

    Just because these parents are allowing the child to be who he wants to be doesn`t mean they aren`t teaching him to be successful. Eddie Izzard is a great and successful comedian and cross-dresses.
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    Thesphinx Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:41 am
    I don`t know what to think about this video. On the one hand, I hate princesses and think girls who fantasize about being princesses are stupid. On the other hand, at least he`s not letting societal standards prevent him from having his fun. I just wish he and the other girls who play dress-up would find better means to explore their feminine side, like at the VERY LEAST play House instead.
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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:42 am
    i am a closed minded fool stuck in the past using the guidelines taught by society years ago. I use it because it makes sense.

    Fortunately not everyone thinks like that. There is an abundance of "old guidelines" taught previously that made sense. Just because it was taught as a guideline previously doesn`t make it right.

    Talking of "gender roles" taught through the generations, what about the one that wives did all the domestic duties and the men did the real work? That women weren`t allowed to vote, because you know, "they`re women".
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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:44 am
    "like at the VERY LEAST play House instead."

    All i could think of was a bunch of children sarcastically insulting each other, performing risky "surgeries" and then coming up with a brilliant correct treatment...
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:45 am
    What the? I don`t even.......
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Who honestly cares?
    Seriously! This kid gets attention by acting a certain way, who cares? Is what he`s doing illegal? No? Then WHY would anyone give a hoot? let alone feature him on a TV show! Good grief, are they that desperate for guests?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:45 am
    @Reaganom:

    He could be Cameron or 13!
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:46 am
    "like at the VERY LEAST play House instead."

    All i could think of was a bunch of children sarcastically insulting each other, performing risky "surgeries" and then coming up with a brilliant correct treatment..."

    I am so glad I wasn`t the only one who thought that.
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    rogue_knight Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:46 am
    So he can be the next Rupaul. No - its not normal but who cares. His parents should teach him the difference but if thats how he is then whatever.
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    lololeela Female 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:47 am
    At one time, girls were discouraged from wearing pants and other "men`s" clothing. Most of us wear them now and no one thinks anything of it. Why should it be different the other way around? I say, good for the parents, for letting him be who he is. As long as he`s not hurting anyone else, I don`t see a problem.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:48 am
    What about human nature?

    We started as hunter(male)/gatherers(female). Some would argue that these are our basic human roles.

    This is gatherer behavior.
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:50 am
    clothes, toys, and colors dont define who people are. im glad his parents are supporting him.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:51 am
    So what`s your point, auburnjunky? Do you think his parents simply made him this way? The fact that he displays this behavior at such a young age should be evidence that not everyone fits the hunter/gatherer model.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:53 am
    I`m not saying his parents made him this way, but has he ever been exposed to "boy" things?
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:55 am
    If you watch the interview, the mother says that when he first took an interest in "girl" things she tried to redirect him to more traditional interests, and it didn`t work.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:55 am
    zombunny, you are absolutely right. BLANCE is the key to success. So let the kid play dress up all he wants at home, but don`t take him to the mall that way. Not a shamefull secret, he can tell anyone he wants or invite friends to do the same, but more of a "these are the rules we live by and sometimes they suck" life lesson.

    If he hated clothes and wanted to be naked all the time you would not indulge that....same thing.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:56 am
    Oh okay. That`s cool then.

    I do wonder if she really tried, or if she said "Here try this car. No? Okay. I wanted a girl anyway."
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Oh forget anyone who thinks they get to dictate what is normal. I get it--there are established gender roles that we have been using for thousands and thousands of years. It`s all man-made people. Just because it`s the standard that girls are the only ones to wear dresses does not mean that it is `right` or `normal`. Things change and it`s good that they do because as humans we come up with some pretty drated up `norms`. As far as anyone who as a problem with this--it doesn`t effect you. Why do you give a poo? This has no bearing on you life. Oh, what? You mind see a boy in a dress walking down the street and you `might` have to make eye-contact? This poo is no different from racism or sexism. I can`t wait for the day that all the stubborn old people and their brainwashed spawn die so the younger generation makes room for acceptance for individuality. Then we`ll have to find something else to close-mindlessly hate.
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    thor82 Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Reganom, somebody didn`t get enough hugs as a kid, chill out
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:59 am
    @Gerry - perfect analogy with the nakedness. You nailed it.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 9:59 am
    I`m in favor of the mom letting the kid like what he likes, but letting him run with it aimlessly is dangerous.

    This kid is going to have a very, very difficult childhood, and I doubt it`s gonna end well.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:04 am
    He pulls off that dress so well.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:05 am
    I agree to a certain point, Gerry. Personally if it was my son, I`d let him wear the dresses at home and then in public he could wear gender neutral clothes with maybe one girly thing--nail polish or a necklace or something.

    I let my daughter pick her own clothes. When she was smaller she would want to wear outlandish costumes all the time, and I allowed her to in certain situations. Now she just picks crazy mismatched things like a polka dot dress with striped tights and a fedora, and I think that`s just fine. As long as it`s appropriate, she`s allowed to wear it.
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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:05 am
    Thor82:

    Actually though i had a very nice childhood with a caring mother and father. I`m also "chilled out". Thanks for caring though.
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    austin1 Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:08 am
    bad parenting-nuff said
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    thescotsman Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:10 am
    Nobody seems to care if girls wear pants, but as soon as boy goes in the opposite direction it`s somehow wrong. Who gives a crap if he wears dresses? I`ll tell you who, all the men in this world who are inseceure about themselves, because instead of just letting someone express themself, they picture themselves doing it and that freaks em` out. Does`nt mean he`ll be gay either,(NOT THAT THERE`S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT) there are straight men who have wives and families who wear dresses all the time. Google it
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:15 am
    @zombunny
    It`s socially destructive because nobody in the ages 3-13 wants to be friends with "that weird kid". Outside already established relationships (such as family and early established friendships), children have no empathy.
    That`s beside the point anyway. The big problem is that the parents are capitalizing on the controversy and as a result, this kid will have no personality traits other than "that kid that wears a dress". He won`t be able to explore other interests and certainly won`t be allowed to give up this one.
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:17 am
    On one hand i want to say "good for you"

    On the other....this kid is so going to get his ass kicked in school.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:17 am
    That`s news to me, since according to social norms my daughter is "that weird kid" and she has many friends.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:19 am
    @slothofdoom & Volsunga:

    Exactly.

    @zombunny:

    I doubt your daughter is this "weird".
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Well no, she can never be that "weird" because there is a double standard for girls and boys. I was just making the point that you don`t have to fit a narrow mold in order to be liked by people.

    And really, the kind of kids who pick on another kid for being different aren`t the ones I want my child to be friends with anyway.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
    LOL ALL kids pick on the different kids until about 4th or 5th grade.

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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:28 am
    "On the other....this kid is so going to get his ass kicked in school."

    Surely thats where the problem is? That other parents aren`t raising their kids to be accepting of others.

    because there is a double standard for girls and boys

    Yep, if a girl wants to dress up as a boy and do boy things oh well she`s just being a tom boy. If a boy does it "gender roles"/"weird".

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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:28 am
    From my experience, that`s not true at all. Maybe things are different elsewhere. What an awful world we live in if that is true.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:29 am
    "Surely thats where the problem is? That other parents aren`t raising their kids to be accepting of others."

    Doesn`t matter. It would happen anyway.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:30 am
    Martine Rothblatt who invented Geostar in 1983 and inventor of Satellite radio is a MTF transexual who underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1994. She`s a very dynamic and successful person with the brain power of a million "normal" people. It could be the people who go through this have a better understanding of everything because of who they are. Perhaps it shouldn`t be encouraged but there`s nothing wrong with being supportive.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:31 am
    this was the "My Kid Is A Freak" edition of the Today Show?

    Okay, you`re kid`s weird....WHY go on tv and advertise it?

    to sell a book of course

    BAD parent! BAD! *whack* *whack*
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:37 am
    "Perhaps it shouldn`t be encouraged but there`s nothing wrong with being supportive."

    Agreed.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:40 am
    @feefee
    This isn`t about redefining gender roles. The kid`s too young to even understand them. This is about the parents making innocent childhood play into something that will define his character and likely ruin his life.
    If we want to get into gender roles, however, the purpose of gender specific clothing is to accentuate physical features that are attractive to the opposite sex. What we call "male clothing" is honestly gender neutral (when gender roles played a bigger part in society, men wore suits), this is fine because women tend to attracted to non-physical features. Female clothing, however, is entirely based upon physical features, because that`s what tends to be more attractive to men. These are features that men do not possess. There are kilts and kimonos (skirts and dresses) that are gender neutral.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    January 5, 2011 at 10:45 am
    I feel like he did not give a single drat about being on that tv show, and his mom coached all of his answers, ESPECIALLY the "it makes me happy!" one.

    If you were really dedicated to your cause, you`d donate the profits of your book to a worthy cause, such as suicide prevention efforts (as she mentioned the teen suicides when she was talking) or some non-profit counseling group.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 10:47 am
    PROTIP: never wear a tutu someplace you have to sit down.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36182 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 10:55 am
    If we want to get into "gender appropriate" clothing.... societies rules are just traditional with no common sense to them.

    A kilt is much more comfortable on the wabbly bits than pants that bind adn pinch...but how often do you see that?

    Yeah, I own a couple kilts and let me tell you, you are not really free-balling unless you`re in a kilt! most cofortable thing I`ve ever worn.

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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
    4290 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 10:58 am
    Damn right Gerry.

    Me in my kilt:




    Ain`t nothing wrong with that.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 10:59 am
    Daddy didn`t hug me video XD
    Nah, I`m OK with it and the kid seems nice. It just sucks that`s he lives in America because DAMN(!) is going to get serious hassle when he grows up.
  84. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:01 am
    I love a man in a kilt.
  85. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:05 am
    @Gerry1of1
    I wish I could wear my kilt more often, but it`s f*cking cold here. Every man should own a kilt.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:05 am
    ...hi Bob. :D
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
    583 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:08 am
    @Volsunga
    Gender roles don`t need to be redefined. They need to be abolished all together. From an evolutionary perspective, they are pointless in today`s society. While yes, in a sense, we are still influenced by it on a primal level, i.e. wider hips are more attractive for bearing children; the survival aspect is completely worthless now. Women don’t need to stay home and raise the young and the men do not have to go out and hunt. There is no point in sticking to those roles now when education and a good salary are all you need to make it in the modern world. If a man wants to do that wearing a dress and society can accept him for it, why the drat does it matter?

    More...
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
    583 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:10 am
    And as far as the kid being too young to understand, I`d say that`s a good thing. He`s not being forced into a mold because he is aware of how he is supposed to act versus how he wants to. Seriously--there is a documentary on youtube called, "My Secret Self", iirc. Go watch it. It is not always innocent childhood play. It could very well be that this child is transgendered. Sometimes the innocent children are far more aware of what they want than an educated adult. And even if he`s not transgendered--who cares? If he is well aware that he`s a boy and still wants to wear a pink shirt with butterflies, than whom is it hurting? Really?
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
    838 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:10 am
    almightybob1 I gotta tell ya you are pretty freakin hot!
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    daywolfen Male 30-39
    12 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:17 am
    I read a variety of "reactions" on here, with a couple of "old fashioned" thinking folks as well.

    The things is, the human race, has morphed, expanded, adapted, and evolved if you will (although I do not believe in evolution per say)into so many different factions, and styles.

    Now either we can agree to disagree in our differences of taste, thus creating peaceful existence, and can support each other together when we do receive fear, and negativity.....Or mankind can continue destroying itself, struggling to dominate each other with "whose the biggest, baddest, and least homo", creating more fear, and negativity.

    Which sounds better? So, in conclusion to my rambling = Give respect, to possibly receive respect. Do not tolerate racism, or hatred of the different. Band together and rise up.

    Also, I`ve Irish AND Scottish in my family, and in me blood, kilts ARE very comfortable. But that doesn`t make me a fruit, or a wier
  91. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:28 am
    This is so messed up, Don`t where to begin.
  92. Profile photo of daywolfen
    daywolfen Male 30-39
    12 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:35 am
    I personally am not gay, and have absolutely no desire to be gay. I appreciate bright colors, as I do nature photography, but I personally have no desire to put on a dress.

    So what if my neighbor does? How is it going to directly affect my life if he wears a dress. It won`t. So whats the problem.

    I think that`s what a lot of folks in to-days society have forgotten. We ALL have different tastes, and preferences in our style. That`s what makes the world a little less boring and a lot less communist.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
    4290 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Hehe thanks pixiechick but I`m afraid Nido has dibs :P
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Volsunga, you`re a moron.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
    @Madest
    Are you going to elaborate or just be useless?
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    You`re against this. I suspect you`d beat this kid into being what you`d want your boy to be. If you saw this kid you`d point, laugh and mock him. Look man it`s not your problem and clearly it`s something that`s too complex for a simpleton like you.
  97. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    @Madest
    You clearly did not read anything I posted. The kid is fine. The problem is with the parents. They are encouraging it just because it`s controversial. As a result, they are discouraging all other behaviours. The kid looks bored with it, but MAMA`S GOTTA SELL MOAR BOOKS! Tolerance is fine, but encouraging it is harmful to the kid.
    No, it doesn`t affect me, but I have a sense of compassion, so I don`t like it when people cause harm to their children, especially when it`s so obviously for the money.
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    They`re not encouraging anything. How is allowing him to dress in a dress "encouragement"? They said he likes pink, purple and sparkles. Why waste energy and create bad feelings by fighting with a 3 year old? Let the kid dress as he wants. Whoever has a problem with him has a problem with themselves.
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    rainbowfarts Female 18-29
    798 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    I kinda feel bad for this kid. If this is just a phase this will embarrass him later. For instance, my ex`s little brother was 5 when we started dating and he liked to pretend he was a fairy, he even used a stick of dry spaghetti as a wand and pranced around everywhere. Then about a year or two later he had 2 girlfriends and pretended to be a pirate. The difference, however, is that my ex`s brother wasn`t documented on national TV where it can come back to bite him later thanks to attention-seeking mom.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    who cares? the mum seems to be really loving the attention she`s getting from exploiting her child and his individuality. hes young, and wants to wear dresses, when i was young, i hated girly things and wanted boy toys. my parents didnt feel the need to write a book about it or announce it to anyone.
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    premierwondr Male 18-29
    975 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    It`s weird, but it isn`t hurting anyone.
    Initially I was very opposed to this, but since reading the comments and having a few minutes to think about the video more clearly I actually applaud the boy and his parents.
    Honestly though, my son would not have my support with something like this.
  102. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    @Madest
    They are giving him special attention and pushing him into the national spotlight for f*cks sake! how is that not encouragement? She wrote a f*cking book about him.
    If it were just letting him do what he wants, then I would be in complete agreement with you. However, that is not the case here.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25406 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    meh.....
  104. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    Yeah they`re pushing him. No chance his story got out and gained attention. Got to give it to the kid, he can handle how he dresses better than you can.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36182 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    almightybob1, if I`d known you were that cute I`d have been nicer to you. ;-)
  106. Profile photo of Kaid-
    Kaid- Female 18-29
    38 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    I am a girl. I wear jeans, baggy as hell band Ts, and an old army jacket. i have a long, blue mohawk. I also have tons of friends. One guy at my school wears girl clothing. Idk if he`s gay or not, but ik he`s awesome. If parents didnt make a fuss, the children in school wouldnt know the difference. I didnt know the difference until I was made fun of for looking like a boy. I`m not lesbo, just comfortable. And super kudos to the kilted men :D
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    premierwondr Male 18-29
    975 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    Also this reminds me of that Soulja Boy song
    Pretty Boy Swag
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    Greenbak Male 30-39
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    January 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm
    quoted as relevant
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    Skillet89 Male 18-29
    73 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    @premierwondr, First of all, it`s giving me the chance to delete your post, I won`t. Second of all, this.....right here...is my...swag swag. All...the girls...are on me...swag. Every...body...pay...attention. This...right here...is my...pretty boy swag.
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    premierwondr Male 18-29
    975 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    Pretty boy take off in
    5..4..3..2..1
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
    1113 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm
    Okay this is fabulous for starters. But as an aside. BOB! Stop whoring it up. If you`re going to give yourself to anyone from IAB it better damnwell be me. Or you know arti or someone.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2928 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    like what you like and dont make any apologies for it.
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
    838 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    lol You`re all his! I have a BF anyhoo
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    xxEmo_kid_xx Female 18-29
    206 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Even the dad Said its not contagious
    So people shut the hell up and let the kid Live his life the way he wants He is really happy and you people need to get your Heads out of your asses and stop being jealous <3

    YAY FOR GAY! <3
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    omgitsher Female 18-29
    71 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    @ xxEmo kid xx
    DITTO!!(:
  116. Profile photo of Kane132
    Kane132 Male 18-29
    374 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    He`s not gay he`s secure in his sexuality!!
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    PacoP42 Male 13-17
    1064 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  118. Profile photo of han5nah
    han5nah Female 13-17
    735 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    This REALLY made my day. <3
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    Didn`t watch it, but I get the idea. I have nothing against gay guys or transexuals, I just think kids should be neutral. I think it`s bad that GIRLS are obsessed with this princess and barbie crap, even worse for boys because it`s going to destroy his young social life. I understand if he was past puberty, but young kids don`t have any idea what they want.
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    TheBadger Male 40-49
    66 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    I didn`t know Chuck Woolery was now a transvestite named Meredith Vieira.
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    MizMeg Female 18-29
    98 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    im glad his family is supportive, and hopefully more people will be open to more diversity
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    tainteddeity Male 18-29
    848 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm
    Awesome.
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    zombieland Male 18-29
    418 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    kid`s as queer as a 3 dollar bill. big deal
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    kiriluv Female 18-29
    203 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    Sarah, are you sure that he`s not more aware of what he wants because he doesn`t get the added sense of peer-pressure? The kid has been doing it since he was two and was raised with an older brother, he wasn`t naturally exposed to this and he found what he wanted on his own accord.
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    Concetra Male 18-29
    2051 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    Damn, that kid can`t draw worth poo.
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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    maybe if people were more accepting of children as they are and as they come, then there wouldn`t be so many screwed up adults? i mean, if this woman told her son "no you may not dress in a dress here`s a football" and forced upon him the standard male stereotypes would this child later on decide that he was never a boy but a girl in a boy`s body and he needed a sex change and change his name and his life... isn`t it better just to let him be him from the start?
  127. Profile photo of Happy_Pandas
    Happy_Pandas Female 13-17
    307 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    Great and all that he loves dresses. Good for him. Don`t like the parents exploiting him, though, to sell their books. I mean, after all, this could be a phase he grows out of, and grows up to prefer t-shirts and jeans.

    Hell, my parents didn`t write a book when I insisted I was a boy, and wanted to BE a boy when I was younger; I saw how females and males were treated differently. I even dressed up as male characters for Halloween, like the red power ranger, but I`m not gay or transsexual or anything like that, just a tomboy. So it`s fantastic he does what he likes, but as for writing a book on it... I dunno.
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    stevo292 Male 13-17
    40 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    good for him but if he actually turns out to be straight....WOOOOOW lol
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    green_batman Female 18-29
    728 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    I don`t think he`s very comfortable with all the attention he`s getting. I think it`s kind of wrong for his mom to use him like that. She said it - it`s her problem. The fact that her son likes to wear girly clothing is not something so out of the ordinary that she needs to publicize it. There are plenty of children that experiment with the stereotypical gender roles of the opposite sex. Boys get more attention for it because it`s supposed to be more embarrassing for a boy to act like a girl than for a girl to act like a boy, but there`s nothing wrong with either. And what happens if he grows out of it and finds it embarrassing later on? He won`t be able to forget it because he`s now in the public eye.
  130. Profile photo of the_phantom
    the_phantom Male 18-29
    510 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    THE KID LOOKS MISERABLE. THERE`S GOT TO BE ANOTHER SIDE TO THIS THAT THE PARENTS ARE HIDING
  131. Profile photo of pigsnout5
    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
    546 posts
    January 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    i like how he likes the colors pink and red. back in the wayyy olden days before blue meant boy and pink meant girl...the colors were switched. baby blue was a girl`s color and reddish-pink was a boy`s. why do you think more girls like blue and more boys like red when they`re growing up?

    i hate how this mom is show-boating her boy`s "condition". i guess they gotta get their 15 mins of fame while they can.
  132. Profile photo of telstar88
    telstar88 Male 30-39
    3 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 12:28 am
    I don`t think the Mom is intentionally exploiting him. Instead of trying to hide what is completely natural for her son she is letting him be who he is and also giving many 1000`s of parents around the world some relief as they are dealing with children that maybe be a little or a lot like Dyson. If what someone does doesn`t affect you and is not harming anyone else, why should there be an issue with it. I wish the redneck place I came from had more parents like this.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
    1744 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 2:01 am
    he`s either just gonna go full on sex change when he`s older, or he`s gonna nail more chicks than any man before, ever, combined.
  134. Profile photo of Levyn
    Levyn Male 18-29
    210 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 3:02 am
    I love how people hear that he likes sparkly things and it`s instant "sex change timezzz". =_= Heaven forbid the kid gets to just simply live his life being around things he loves without 1. Being exploited and 2. treated like a freak. Gender stereotypes are bad, people. Learn it.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 6:02 am
    "he`s either just gonna go full on sex change when he`s older"

    You never go full sex change man.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36182 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 7:30 am
    I don`t see how a nick name like "Princess Boy" is gonna cause any trouble in high school or anything.

    I`m sure all the students will be totally accepting and welcome him with warmth and with sincere hearts.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36182 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 7:31 am
    I would totally have life insurance ont his kid.
    `cause he is gonna die in high school.
    Possible suicide though. Is that covered in the policy?
  138. Profile photo of Satkela
    Satkela Female 18-29
    583 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am
    Smh...this is just like that one movie "the dress code" to say that he won`t be bullied is unrealistic. He is intimidatingly different to closed minded people. I just hope that he knows how to kick @$$ very well if he`s going to continue with his current fashion trend.
  139. Profile photo of Kegomatix
    Kegomatix Male 18-29
    1341 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    That is..... Just awful...
  140. Profile photo of whyme73
    whyme73 Male 18-29
    469 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    I babysat a kid that like to play with barbies and other girly toys and he was 8 so I guess it`s not that absurd.
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    emrsncptv Female 18-29
    52 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    ugh to be named after a vacuum... also I like how his mom said his picture and name weren`t in the book, yet they`re on the today show
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
    1598 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    >.>
  143. Profile photo of Gleeballs
    Gleeballs Female 18-29
    850 posts
    January 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    emr i was thinking the same exact thing.
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    Louisey18 Female 18-29
    18 posts
    January 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    My older brother, when he was little, would wear our mother`s pink silky pajamas around the house and play around in them. But he soon grew out of it and is a typical guy now. This boy is probably just going through this normal stage, and it seems like the mother is blowing it up a bit.
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    iheartangel Male 30-39
    20 posts
    January 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    the princess boy = young slenderman

    jokes aside, i`m very touched that the mother accepted him, as i hope to be if my children end up this way.
    it`s just... i feel a certain something.. i guess "fakeness" going on. if it`s real, then good on him ^_^
  146. Profile photo of TheDisavowed
    TheDisavowed Male 30-39
    24 posts
    January 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    Smells like 15 minutes of media attention for the kid`s "mom". Parents who don`t distinguish gender roles and boundries for their children get what they ask for, hense Princess Boy.

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