"Man Card" Rant
Backstory. Last time I wrote about how my almost 2 year old son is suddenly obsessed with Frozen. It was very tongue in cheek, but it's kind of odd how it happened. I think Frozen is ok, I enjoyed it and the music, but the most I've exposed him to is a few of the songs on my Disney playlist of over 200 songs that we listen to in the car and while he's playing in his room. Along the way he must have decided that he liked "Let It Go" because one day the song was playing in a commercial for Frozen on Disney Junior and he started singing it. Ok. So I played the entire song for him and eventually showed him the movie, because he hadn't even seen it yet. He loved it. He loved all the songs, he talks along with the dialog, he wants to watch the movie every single day.
He likes it because he likes it. Not because it's a girl thing or a boy thing. He doesn't know about that shit yet, he just likes it because he likes it. As a woman who likes traditionally "boy" things like Star Wars, I'm totally cool with it because I think that making toys and movies gender specific is bull shit.
I'd rather he liked the Lion King or Moana best because I like the songs better, but it's not up to me.
On to the "incident." Often when H goes to daycare he insists the sitter play "Let It Go" for him. I guess one day it was all about Frozen for all the kids (mostly boys, I might add - I think there is one girl and she's not always there.) This happened to be the day that the sitters brother visited. So I go to pick H up and get introduced to the brother who tells me that my not-yet-2-year-old son needs a new "man card" because he was singing "Let It Go" complete with dramatic hand gestures.
Fly your freak flag with pride, H. Be different. Be unique. Be yourself.