Monday, January 30, 2012 3:18:46 PM
@LuckyDave, at that age it's more about him wearing "girly" shoes than being gay.
Even adult males who dress in women`s clothing doesn`t necessarily mean they`re gay. They might be fetishist or simply prefer the look and feel of softer, more feminine rainments.
Doesn`t change how society will treat them and kids have enough to worry about without giving them fodder for their peers to tease them about. Kids can be cruel about singling out another child and being merciless with teasing. Coddle your child`s individuality all you want, you`re not going to school with him every day to him him with reassuring snuggles when the teasing starts.
Monday, January 30, 2012 9:47:46 AM
He mentions ninjas and zebras, sounds to me like he thought they were ninja shoes with zebra stripes. Honestly though, the kids have no problem with it, its the parents, and ultimately it is your peers you must contend with in society. I don't even think he`s gay, he just doesn`t care that something is made a specific color. He likes the design, so he wears them. Though not removing the... ah... pink bows before hand I think leaves the closet door open.
Monday, January 30, 2012 9:38:15 AM
My two boys don't wear girl’s clothing because society, not me, has determined what`s appropriate for boys and what`s appropriate for girls. I would be remiss as a parent to not teach my children what society considers normal at this point in history. When they reach an age of consent (or at the very least are mature enough to fully understand the ramifications of their decisions) then they can dress however the hell they want.
Until then, they get a choice out of the small sample of personal attire we feel is appropriate. My children are not a proxy for me to make socio-political statements about societal norms.