This is a rant because I'm pissed off. My beautiful boy is five years old and since starting public school I am slowly but surely watching his spirit being squashed and dimmed by "society." I don't know if there is any way to stop the idiotic ideas of other people's children.
Yesterday as Tank got off the bus I met his seat buddy for the first time- a six year old boy with two earrings. Tank informed me his buddy gets teased by two girls who sit behind them because, you know, only girls wear earrings.
At school yesterday, Tank's teacher asked the class what they wanted to learn the following week.
Girl 1: Dinosaurs
Girl 2: Cars
Who do you think got laughed at by the other boys? Ballet, of course, is for girls.
This pisses me off. Is it any wonder our boys grow up to be withdrawn men afraid of expressing themselves? Why wouldn't some of them get angry or turn to fetishes when almost from conception we are forcing a stereotype down their throat? Why is it cool for girls to be "tomboys" but God forbid a boy like pink?! He's a pussy.
My job is to raise a human being capable of compassion, service, forgiveness and expression. How can I possibly do this when the rest of the world is determined to extinguish his light- starting at five.
My beautiful BOY likes pink, purple, cars, soccer, doll houses, Legos, fairies, swords, dancing, karate, drawing, mermaids, airplanes, and apparently ballet. And the more your kid tells my kid that he has to weed out the "girl" stuff from his list of passions, the more I will remind him that passions are gender neutral.
And, mark my words, I will encourage him to keep his pink colored light shining brightly regardless of what "society" says. Because I AM RIGHT. And if I think your kid is partly responsible for trying to fit my son into a non-communicative, sulking, conformed box, I will go all Mama Bear on your kid's ass. I will eat your kid.
Because ballet is not a girl thing- it's just ballet, son. So dance on.