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Little pink piggies cause a riot

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed at home."

Most likely everyone reading this column knows that nursery rhyme ends, "And this little piggy went 'Wee! Wee! Wee' all the way home."

Perhaps there is someone out there going, "Oh, now I get that Geico commercial."

Nonetheless, a new catalog ad about little pink "piggies" has caused quite a stir.

The controversial ad features J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons with her five-year-old son, Beckett, sporting pink toenail polish and laughing with his mom.

"Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon," reads the caption.

Conservative psychiatrist and friend of Fox News Keith Ablow wasn't laughing along with the Lyons family.

"Yeah, well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid -- and maybe a little for others who'll be affected by your 'innocent' pleasure," he wrote in a Fox News op-ed. "If you have no problem with the J. Crew ad, how about one in which a little boy models a sundress? What could possibly be wrong with that?"

Ablow also called the ad "a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity."

ABC News asked people on the street for their opinion and got a mixed reaction. One young woman's comments aligned with Ablow, one said she thought the ad was awesome and another woman said she loves pink toenails but wasn't so sure about a little boy wearing the fashion.

The only man in the clip said, "I think my sister painted my toenails once and I turned out alright."

That quote prompted me to call my sister Alli for her opinion.

She hadn't heard of all the fuss, but said it was ridiculous.

"Real men wear pink," she said, noting that the color is often used to raise awareness for breast cancer.

So, clearly she does not have a problem with a boy liking the color pink.

From personal experience, I know she doesn't have a problem with painting the fingernails or toenails of a sibling, either.

Neither I, nor my conservative parents, seemed to have much of a problem with it either. (Nail polish remover was made for situations like that, right?)

I appreciate the comment made by Sarah Manley, who let her son dress up like his favorite character from "Scooby Doo," Daphne.

"If the roles had been reversed and the photo ... had been of a little girl playing in the mud with trucks, nobody would have batted an eye," she said in the ABC News feature.

The point is everyone is different, everyone is raised different and parents interact with their children in different ways.

That last point is especially key. In the nature versus nurture debate, I believe nurture wins every time.

A mother and son laughing, joking and having a good time together?

What's not nurturing about that?

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Congratulations--the dumbest article written. Many kids like pink and it isn't going to hurt them one bit-REAL MEN WEAR PINK!

-- Posted by iowagirl on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 12:43 PM

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