For those that aren't familiar with the show, basically they set up hidden cameras, hire actors to do some really audacious things to find out what normal, everyday people would do in certain situations.
Last night, they did a segment on "gender identity". They had a man and his son (both actors) come in and have the boy pick out barbie dolls and other girl toys. They had the man pretend to talk his son out of choosing those and more "boy appropriate toys" like trucks or atleast a ken doll. The man had to say it loud enough so other customers would hear. Soon enough, mostly women, in the stores confronted the man. Telling him he should let his son choose whatever toy he wants, if a boy wants to play with a doll, he should be allowed to.
To up the anty, they had another little boy come into the store with his dad wearing a princess dress up dress over his clothes. Another man (also an actor) confronted the father saying things like "are you kidding me? what if he turns out gay?" stuff like that.
I thought this episode was very realistic in terms of how gender identity is such a huge issue nowadays. Boys must wear blue and girls must wear pink, boys must play with trucks and girls must play with dolls, or they will be confused on their gender. This is the stereotype, not saying i buy into it at all. I have 3 girls, so I can't say what i would really do in a situation if i had a boy who wanted to wear a dress. I can easily say it would be okay, but when in that situation im not really sure. I can say for sure though, that if my girls want to play with trucks that is perfectly okay with me. They do not have to play with dolls if that's not what they're into, and when at the store if they would rather have a truck than a doll, fine with me.
Moms of boys, how do you feel about this segment last night? Would you allow your boy to wear a dress, or purchase a doll for him, if that was what he wanted? How would your husband/so feel about it?
You can read the story they wrote about it or watch the video here
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