Metro- A mother is hoping to encourage others to be more accepting of others by sharing a photo of her six-year-old son wearing a tutu.
Devon almost had a change of heart when her son returned home from school and told her that kids were teasing him for wearing nail polish.
She said this was the first time ever that she had started considering whether to talk him out of wearing it – and into ‘hiding that part of himself’.
Devon said: ‘For the first time ever I was scared that he would be gunned down one night when he was out having a good time with his friends.
‘In that moment I was so terrified that I wondered if it would be better to stop appeasing him.’
‘Because nothing hurts more than seeing your child truly sad. Because pretending to be someone you’re not to please other people only leads to self-loathing.
‘[It can lead] to depression and to suicide. And that too made me afraid. Why do I have to fear for him because of what he likes and who he cares about?’]
Well we made quite the jump there, didn't we? One second we are talking about a 6 year old boy getting picked on for wearing nail polish and the next second we are talking about him getting gunned down late at night if - and only if - the impending depression doesn't force him to commit suicide first. Seems like this woman is getting a litttttle bit ahead of herself. I know we are on the heels of a mass murder which took the life of 49 homosexuals and the innocence of hundreds of thousands more, but can we maybe just accept that first graders poking fun at each other's appearance isn't malicious bullying?
I totally agree that this kid should feel free to be himself - especially considering the LGBT friendly society in which we live nowadays. That said, boys who wear nail polish to school are going to get made fun of - especially when they are only six years old and their peers don't know any better. That's just life. If they weren't teasing him about his girly hands they would be teasing him about his hair or his clothes, because that's what 6 year olds do. They childishly mock and harass each other verbally because they are - might want to sit down for this - CHILDREN. It just so happens that those with painted fingernails and penises are going to attract that negative attention first. Hopefully one day that changes, but what's not going to change is the fact that kids are always going to bust each other's balls. Posting a picture of your son on the internet in a tutu isn't going to "fix" that, and neither is overreacting like he's already been the victim of some sort of hate crime. Boys will be boys, and even if this woman's son eventually becomes her daughter she'll have a stronger sense of character and a thicker skin because of it.