#867: Understanding gender issues, Part 2—Clothes

We had decided one day to use fabric paints and stencils to design  our own t-shirts. The Boy chose a motorcycle and a helicopter, which I painted in silvery fabric paint on to a t-shirt and a pair of loose jersey pants. The Girl chose a butterfly, to be painted in purple, blue, and green, and then sprinkled glitter on top of that.

Well, the day inevitably came when the t-shirts became too small. I offered the Boy the chance to take or leave the butterfly tee. He said to me, in an almost conspiratorial tone, “I’ll take the butterfly t-shirt. But only for wearing inside the house. Not outside. I like it, but it’s too girly to wear in public.”

Setting his own personal boundaries while understanding how the world works:  Bravo!


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