A mom in the Bible Belt posted this story about her 5-year-old son, who wore a Daphne costume to preschool for Halloween:
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.
Our response to her? More power to you. In a world where dressing your 5-year-old daughter in a harem costume is kosher (and all the effed-up gender issues that implies), a little boy choosing a Daphne costume is child’s play, pun intended. Plus, after Princess Boy, who can argue against letting your kid dress up as anything he wants?