In a touching(ish) blog post making the rounds today, a mommy blogger (guhh) defends her son against some mean, judgmental moms who questioned whether or not her son should have worn a Daphne from Scooby Doo costume to school.
And that's where things went wrong. Two mothers went wide-eyed and made faces as if they smelled decomp. And I realize that my son is seeing the same thing I am. So I say, "Doesn't he look great?" And Mom A says in disgust, "Did he ask to be that?!" I say that he sure did as Halloween is the time of year that you can be whatever it is that you want to be. They continue with their nosy, probing questions as to how that was an option and didn't I try to talk him out of it. Mom B mostly just stood there in shock and dismay.
And then Mom C approaches. She had been in the main room, saw us walk in, and followed us down the hall to let me know her thoughts. And they were that I should never have ‘allowed' this and thank God it wasn't next year when he was in Kindergarten since I would have had to put my foot down and ‘forbidden' it. To which I calmly replied that I would do no such thing and couldn't imagine what she was talking about. She continued on and on about how mean children could be and how he would be ridiculed.
My response to that: The only people that seem to have a problem with it is their mothers.
So that is terrible! Moms A-C should all be forced to wear Shaggy costumes for the rest of the school year. Zoinks indeed.
Of course, though, a backlash stirred up in the post's comments, mostly because the upset mommy decided to title the post "My Son Is Gay" (which, ha) when the post really isn't about gayness per se, it's more about gender norms and little boys, so-called "pink boys", who wear dresses and skirts and the like. Her critics say that she's too-early, and maybe too giddily, assigning labels that really don't have any weight when your child is so young. The debate rages! So it's up to you to make your decision about this mommy and the other mean Moms.
I for one find this reprehensible. That a mother would let her five-year-old son dress as Daphne from Scooby Doo is really despicable. Obviously Velma is the better costume. Jinkies!!