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8 Responses to “No RX Vermox”

  1. David Says:

    Hey Laura, thanks for the post. After reading this one, and rereading the Princess posts earlier, I wanted to ask why you guys are trying so hard to avoid gender stereotypes in Siena and Elliot’s upbringing? Oftentimes I’ve heard that one’s demeanor and sense of values/morals/etc is a direct product of their upbringing (read: parenting)…but I haven’t heard a similar argument raised for the toys and colors surrounding kids while they grow up.

    I’m hardly disagreeing with your choices, I just want to better understand the rationale. Thanks – David

  2. Laura Says:

    I guess we’re trying to avoid the gender stereotyping because we want the kids to feel totally comfortable figuring out who they are, without their interests being dictated by what society (Disney? Mattel?) decides they should like based on their gender.

    In the case of the girly princess stuff, I hate the passive attitudes and emphasis on external beauty implicit in those stories, and I hate seeing Siena’s storytelling and imagination limited to princess-rescue-happily-ever-after stories because that’s what “girls like.” That isn’t exactly what’s happening here, but it’s something we’d prefer to avoid. Our challenge is to encourage what makes her happy without unintentionally reinforcing the message that she should act and look a certain way because she is a girl.

    In the case of Elliot and the babies, I think it’s important for little boys to play nurturing fathers as well as star athletes. Matt is a great role model of a loving dad, but it would be easy to just focus on their shared love of everything BALL! — I hope Elliot will identify with the dad role as much as the athlete role. Plus, it’s just cuter than all-get-out to see my baby holding a baby and feeding it a bottle. Cracks me up every time.

  3. David Says:

    Again, interesting perspective, thanks. I don’t know if you ever watched the show Cheers, but there were a few episodes devoted to this exact topic – so when Frazier and his wife had a baby, they only purchased black and white toys to avoid gender-affiliated colors. Not sure how it turned out.
    It would be a fascinating experiment to raise a child/ren in a house entirely surrounded by gender-specific toys (e.g., rocket ships and doll houses) and see which they tend to favor at different stages in their lives. I suspect, and as a parent I’m sure you already know, that the outside influence of television/other kids/school will make your efforts all the more challenging, although no less noble. I can’t help but wonder how Sam and I will handle it.
    FYI, you can blame Snow White’s appearance on Sam’s grandmother, who is credited with her creation(!)…her uncle was Grim Natwick (also created Betty Boop) and asked her to draw a princess since she represented girls around Siena’s age. The first attempt had too much detail in the dress…he said he could never do that much detail in every single frame of a cartoon. So there you have it.

  4. Lisa Says:

    Laura – Amen!

    I think that a lot of, if not most, children were raised in houses with nearly all gender-specific toys. How many men our age do we know that played with Barbies and dolls when they were 7 or 8? How many women our age received Tonka trucks as Christmas gifts when they were kids? Look at the careers of many of our peers or people older than us – what is the ratio of men to women in construction or engineering jobs? What about in nursing or administrative assistants? Gender stereotypes are all around us, and we are taught them from the time we are born through our families, friends, society, and through marketing and toys. Girls are given kitchen sets to play with and dolls to take care of as their babies. There is nothing wrong with that, but there is something wrong that we don’t give the same gifts to boys and teaching them norms about cooking and caring for children that we teach girls. I’m not saying that boys don’t play with “girl” toys or that girls don’t play with “boy” toys, but I am saying that we look as a society on it as cute and atypical when it occurs.

    How often do men have conversations when one of their friends is expecting a baby and asking the man if he will be quitting his job to stay home or how will he handle work/life balance? How often do women have this conversation? If more little boys were taught that they should expect to take care of babies and do chores around the house, maybe someday work-life balance wouldn’t be seen as a women’s issue and not a FAMILY issue.

  5. Jamie Says:

    Well said everyone. I love this topic – obviously we’re dealing with it too as best we can. Something interesting that we’ve noticed in our house is that, although Chuck does laundry, cleans, cooks, etc. in full view of and with assistance from Jack, Jack almost never “pretends” at any of those tasks. When he is mimicking adult behaviors, it’s almost always picking up something, calling it a “tool” and measuring everything around him or hammering things.

    He also announced the other day that he was going to do a dance show for us, and I got really excited. I thought that the influence of Siena and Avery at daycare might have sparked him to want to do ballet. Ummm, not so much. His “dance” is throwing his arms into the air and stomping around while yelling/chanting. It’s very tribal, pretty funny, but also very masculine-looking.

    So I’m very aware that there is something to be said for nature’s role in this, and that makes me feel even more strongly that we have to make a concerted effort to introduce them to things that they might not gravitate towards, but might really enjoy even though they don’t follow the gender-norms.

    By the way, Laura, Jack named his first baby doll “Bob” also. Weird.

  6. Sean D. Says:

    There’s a fascinating multi-part feature on gender identity disorder in children on NPR right now. You should give it a listen.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90247842

    Hope all is going well with you guys! Heather and I hope to make a trip down there soon.

  7. Mike (Uncle Mike) Says:

    I’m entering this conversation a bit late, but I love a good psychoanalysis. I think everyone has brought up some good points and I am also very against the gender stereotyping that seems ubiquitous in our society. When I bought my niece Katie her first christmas gift I wanted to make sure I got her something non-gender specific – a wooden rocking horse. But by the time the next gift giving event came around, what did I (we) decide was a good gift? A set of kitchen tools to go with her play kitchen. I think it is difficult to balance the desire to see your loved ones get something they want with your own desire that they not be pressured into a specific stereotype. I think the best that anyone can ever do is to keep thinking and talking about these things and do the best you can. Obviously the parents here are successful in all these aspects.

    P.S. I am always apprehensive about making any posting on the “interwebs” – I notice now that I signed as an “uncle” – I hope this doesn’t lead to some form of identity theft.

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