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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

It's funny that MIC likes to say that TIC is "in touch with his feminine side," because my usual expression can be characterized as the male equivalent: "He's secure in his masculinity." I don't know why that's so important to me, even as a joke. The culture beats it into us, I guess.

Remember that classic Seinfeld episode when Jerry and George are mistakenly characterized as a gay couple? When Seinfeld's parents get wind of the story, his dad upbraids his mom for "those damn culottes you made him wear when he was five!" It's funny (and a little sad), because there are dads who would react that same way and assume that their boy had gone Brokeback because the boy played with dolls when he was 3. And that's ridiculous. It's even worse for people to assume that having a homosexual son is a bad thing--but that's another rant altogether.

Preschoolers should be allowed to experiment with whatever they want, as long as it's supervised and doesn't involve matches. Why not let them goof around with "masculinity" or "femininity" before socialization forces them to choose?

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