Sometime between last night and this morning I gained twenty followers. I knew where they had come from. Nearly a year after typing up this post, it’s going around again. I gave Tumblr a little boy in a dress and he is loved.
This is Tristin today. Six years old. He’s off and on insisting being called Max and hates being called munchkin. He’s usually the first to wake up and get dressed. He asked for a mohawk but rarely has me spike it up. He’s obsessed with Hello Kitty and My Little Pony and not afraid of telling everyone.
This smile was after I told him 24,000 people loved his picture with the dress. I hadn’t been telling him any updates, after the first huge rush last year and he hadn’t asked. He is completely shocked but thrilled. He wears that Tumblr Famous shirt I made him pretty regularly.
It’s amazing how much his confidence has just shot up in the last year. There have been some bullies and with a little bit of help from big brother, it ended quickly. He knows that it’s absolutely okay to like what he does, the same way one of his girl friends loves Transformers and ninjas. As much as people want to define things as “boys” or “girls”, things are things and it’s ridiculous to think otherwise. Colors are just colors and heck yes unicorns are awesome.
A couple weeks ago a friend had asked him why he’s wearing a girl shirt (his blue Hello Kitty shirt) and he says “It’s not a girl’s shirt, it’s mine.” Damn right it is.
Rush Limbaugh, explaining last Thursday why there’s no Republican war on women.
Shorter Limbaugh: “We buy you sluts diamonds and dinner! What more do you ungrateful feminazis want?!”
Ah, I see. So bullheaded restrictions on reproductive rights, opposing the Violence Against Women Act, not supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Act, etc… All that is perfectly fine because Republicans buy diamonds for women they’re dating, AMIRITE?!
And yes, Rush. The more you keep running your mouth like this, the more you help Democrats. Democrats would love to focus on the economy, but when the Blunt Amendment is offered before a jobs bill, it’s a little hard.
Rush, you’ve been paid to say terrible shit about ethnic and racial minorities, women, the GLBTQ community, and liberals in general for nearly 30 years.
We’re paying attention now.
Oh, and P.S.: Not all Republicans marry women. Please see Log Cabin Republicans.
LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS OF GENDER ROLES IN SOCIETY
I am (cautiously) reblogging this because it’s awesome as fuck.
This book is actually on my Amazon wishlist. I encounter this all the time. Women I grew up with post status updates on Facebook that are like this. I know a fair amount of men who think that all women just hate each other and that it’s normal. I hear women at my college say: “I have more guy friends because girls are bitches.” And all of it makes me want to cry. Mostly because I was like that when I was a teenager because I thought that being a feminist meant being a man-hater. Now I know better.