This is an excerpt of a contributor post over at Modern Alternative Mama. You can read the full post here.
When I was still teaching school, I met a little girl I will never forget. Instead of sporting pigtails and donning dresses, she looked just like a little boy.
Her parents cut her hair like a boy, dressed her in boys’ clothing and wouldn’t let her play with dolls or other gender-specific toys.
But it was clear this little girl was very feminine. She wanted to look like a girl. She loved to dance and twirl and have tea parties. She gravitated towards the other little girls, although she looked more like her male classmates.
When her teacher asked her mother why she dressed her like a boy, she said: “Oh, well, she’s the youngest of four girls. We wanted a boy, but we got her.”
This saddened me.
And it sickened me.
Here was a little girl who wanted nothing more than to embrace the feminine characteristics and longings God had created in her.
Yet her femininity was stripped from her.
That little girl should be middle school by now. I wonder how she’s coping through puberty.
Teaching gender roles is quickly becoming taboo in today’s world. In an effort to break down traditional gender stereotypes, western culture has gone to the opposite extreme and is actually denying little boys and girls their God-give differences.
…Read the rest of this post over at Modern Alternative Mama.