I wanted to reblog this article because it speaks so much to me. I’m all about letting people be who they are. It bothers me that people have their own thoughts about how things are supposed to be. What’s wrong with a boy carrying a certain bag? Who is he hurting? Nail-polish on a guy? Who cares? Who says that men have to be like this, and women have to be like that? I don’t get it. Where did it start? Who said, “Women MUST shave their legs and a man just NOT.” for example. Just let people BE, for peace sake.
For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from school.
This raises a question: Why is it a problem for a boy to carry a purse instead of a backpack if he wants to? By breaking gender stereotypes, he’s not hurting anyone. Instead, he’s showing the world that he has good self-esteem and self-confidence—that he is secure his identity.
Unfortunately, his school administrators’ actions show that they want to force a 13-year-old kid into stereotypical masculinity. Apparently, they value gender conformity over creativity and individuality.
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