Yes, the J.Crew designer did indeed paint her son’s toenails neon pink. But that’s not the story here – the real story is the sensationalized reaction from the media. What does it mean that a picture of a five year old with painted toenails could rock the headlines on all major news networks?
One thing that it means is that the gender binary is still very important AND rigidly enforced. This is an amazing example of how we punish boys and girls for expressing themselves in ways that aren’t traditionally associated with their gender. To some people, it’s downright scary. Rules are being broken, new rules are being written, and it’s messing with what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. More than that, it’s messing with who has the power. Maybe the J. Crew controversy isn’t about a boy’s toenails or the medias reaction, maybe its about patriarchy and sexism and a definition of masculinity that limits both men and boys.
Click to here to read the full story that’s the news anchor raising their eyebrows and parading out the experts. .