A spread in a recent J. Crew catalog, featuring a five-year-old boy with pink toenails, is causing a sensation.
From the Yahoo! News article:
"When J. Crew sent out its latest catalog, we doubt that the classic clothing company expected it would be blasted by social conservatives as "transgendered child propaganda." But alas, it has.
The images in question fall under pages titled "Saturday with Jenna" -- featuring products personally favored by J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her family. This particular Saturday for Jenna includes painting her five-year-old son Beckett's toenails pink. The caption reads, "Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."
Cue the outrage from America's culture warriors."
In the past Mothering has tackled the subject of gender roles and boys with articles such as The Boy in the Pink Tutu, Real Boys Play with Dolls, and most recently Handsome in Pink in the July-Aug 2010 issue of Mothering.
What on your thoughts on this topic? Do you feel it is appropriate for boys to wear pink or otherwise step outside of mainstream gender roles?