Any one remember this ad that was going around in April? It caused quite a bit of controversy. You can read about some of that here.
People were upset that the mom in the ad was painting her young sons toenails. Not just painting them, no, painting them pink!
According to the article some think it promotes “gender confused boys” and that boys “wanting to act and dress like little girls is a growing trend.”
When this was all going on I thought it was very silly. How on earth could a little boy who wanted his toenails painted possibly be labeled as trans-gender? I chalked it up to those fundamental Christians who seemed to be terribly afraid that the gay community is looking to recruit or make them gay? I’m not sure what they are so afraid of anyway. My boys had never asked to have their toenails painted at that time, but I thought if they ever did I would probably do it. What would the harm be?
Flash forward to now.
We have a mama and two little boys with glittery blue toenails and they love it! K1 was the one to originally ask for painted nails. He’s very proud of them and not afraid to show them at all. K2 is a bit more reserved with them and has asked to have the color removed once, before we went somewhere.
So far no one but my grandma has said anything about it. K2 was talking on the phone to her and he told her about his toes. When I got back on the phone with her she said that I might want to be careful about that. When I asked why she said, well someone might make fun of him and you have to be careful to not, you know, make him too feminine. When I said I didn’t believe that painting the toes of my five-year old would make him gay, she said you never know. Then tried to say something like if they see something over and over they might want to try it. I think she meant that if they saw gay people they might want to be gay. I think that’s what she meant, maybe. I said either way I would love him unconditionally, to which she said of course you would but you know it’s an abomination to God.
I don’t think it has anything to do with being gay or transgendered at all. I think it has to do with me painting my toes and them thinking they are pretty and having no reason what so ever not to think it would be ok for them to have pretty toes too.
What do you think? Would you allow you little boy to have painted toenails?