July 21, 2007

Not that there’s anything wrong with it…

First, a little known fact: I look good in pink.

My tan complexion against a soft pastel pink looks damn good. Back in the ’80′s I actually wore lots of pink, most notably my pink Izod shirts worn with acid wash jeans, topsiders with no socks, and a cream-colored sweater draped over my shoulders. Today I have a few dress shirts that incorporate pink along with a tie or two to match.

In short, I have nothing against pink. I would go even further to stress that because I happen to wear pink that I don’t feel challenged in my masculinity in any way.

Given all this information, I am trying very hard not to let it bother me that my son has taken a liking to Swee’Pea’s My Little Pony.


  1. My brother was exposed to things like Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite during his childhood… he ended up with three sisters, after all… but it didn’t seem to have any adverse effects. After all, now he’s an Army captain and combat veteran.

    Actually, I remember that his G.I. Joes once attacked my sister’s Barbie collection. The carnage, the horror, the mismatched plastic shoes!

    More often than not, though, we were all playing with his Star Wars action figures.

    Comment by Deanna — July 23, 2007 @ 10:51 am

  2. Hey, it’s going to happen a lot. My 6-yr-old boy-girl twins play with non-gender-traditional toys all the time, because the toys are fun! My daughter got a Pretty Pony (which I don’t particularly like, but let me warn you, the PP books are TOTAL trash), and then a neighbor gave us two more, so now each twin has one, with one left fot guests. Because my son has one of those Playmobil pirate ships, my daughter plays with it as often as he does. It’s natural, and it encourages sharing, and I think both twins are better off for it. They just finished their first year of kindergarten, and their ability to play with kids of opposite genders has really expanded their sets of friends: they move fluidly from one group to another. By the way, my b/g twins’ temperaments match yours very closely: Mr. Affable and Mellow and Ms. Tough Cookie.

    Comment by Aina — July 24, 2007 @ 12:20 am

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