Chester, age 3, showing off his fabulous pink threads.
“No way I’d let my son dress like a girl.” “Why did you make him wear a dress?” “He’s going to hate you when he grows up.”
These are just a few of the comments one mother received after letting her three-year-old son wear a pink princess dress to a child’s birthday party.
“This is my son Chester,” the mother writes in a post published on The Meta Picture. “He was invited to his friend Chloe’s birthday today, the theme was prince and princesses. He asked if he could go as Sleeping Beauty, so I bought him a dress and put a clip in his hair.”
The mother also claims that when her husband arrived at the party, some of the other dads made fun of him for his son’s choice of attire. The father shrugged off the comments, telling them his son was happy.
“The fact is, Chester is gender neutral,” the mother writes. “I let him wear what he wants, be it boys or girls clothes, and he plays with whatever toys he likes.”
She also points out that while many of the adults had opinions on her son’s clothing, not one of the children said anything other than to pay Chester compliments on his “cool costume.”
She concludes by asking: “What does it say when a group of adults could stand to take a lesson in humanity from a class of preschoolers?”
@Arkansassy: Your wrong clothes don’t decided someones gender identity or their sexual orientation.
I work with kids and they’re brutally honest in their questioning. Kids are as judgmental as adults, even at 3. The only difference is they don’t have the stigma attached to the judgment. So i highly doubt the only comments he got were “cool costume.” He probably got “why are you dressed like a girl?” “You’re a boy, you should dress like a boy.” Probably got laughed at or whispered about. But after the initial shock, the kids stop staring or even noticing. As kids get older, they start stigmatizing and outcasting.
@stranded: I highly doubt that he got laughed at whispered about or even asked about his costume they’re 3 they don’t have the same insecurities they’re parents ovbiously do besides it was a “Costume” maybe you should look up the definition. Yes, kids can be mean but not at 3 at that age their more interested in just playing.
@Arkansassy: You known when you first posted I thought you we’re just a plain and simple bigot but now I see your really just a simple stupid bigot. Did you every think that maybe oh just maybe the parents are giving their child time to decide what gender Identity he has by allowing him to dress as both a boy and a girl. Maybe thats why they use the term gender neutral and not some dark political agenda as you put it.
@Arkansassy: I understand what you are trying to say, but I think you are transferring your convictions unto this situation. The little boy asked to go dressed as a princess, that is not his parents forcing him. Forcing him would be to demand that he goes as a prince when he clearly wants to go as a princess. If your theory is correct, then we should not have transvestites, which we do. I do not think transvestites were all forced to dress as the opposite sex when going up. I think you are missing the bigger message in the story, which is the deplorable reaction of the adults around him, not that the kid should change to appease them.