I don’t know how I missed this when it happened on April 13th, but I just heard about the uproar over J.Crew’s email that featured a picture of a mom and her 5-year-old son. What’s so awful about that, you ask? Oh, did I forget to mention that the boy had his TOENAILS PAINTED PINK??????? Cue horrified response: “What is this world coming to? Obviously the world is about to end because this is the worst thing ever.”
OH MY GOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? REALLY??? Well guess what? I have a secret, are you ready to hear it?
I AM THAT MOM.
Oh wait, that’s not a secret. Anyone who knows me knows that my 5-year-old son A loves pink and occasionally has asked me to paint his nails pink, purple, and yellow. Which I did. *double gasp* Clearly, I’m a horrible mother. And anyone who has read my blog knows that my most popular post ever is The Power of Pink, in which I revealed how his love of all things pink helped him be brave while getting a shot.
Listen up, idiots. As my very wise son will happily tell you, there are no boy colors and no girl colors, there are just colors. Are you equally worried about girls who like blue? Liking a particular color doesn’t predetermine the course of your life, nor does painting your nails. In fact, as Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show, if you follow that warped logic, don’t ever let your children get their faces painted, because they might grow up to be CATS…or TIGERS…or UNICORNS.
Grow up. Nail polish can be removed. Hair grows back (and color washes out). Temporary tattoos disappear. And none of that actually matters in the long run.
There are a LOT of awful things in this world. A boy who loves pink and a parent who accepts (and allows) that — not even close to being one of them.
And if you don’t like it…well, I’m sure glad he’s my son and not yours.
So well done, J.Crew. I remain a big fan.