I just found a really cute ad — a mom painting her adorable young son’s toenails bright pink. The caption reads: “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” The mom is Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director of J.Crew, and, predictably, a number of people have decided to freak out over it.
I think the ad is refreshing and very sweet — way to go, Jenna Lyons, for supporting your son’s appreciation of nail polish and pink! I love how relaxed it is — it really shouldn’t be a big deal if a boy likes pink and/or nail polish (I’ve posted about that before, in a more personal sense, actually). It ungenders pink nail polish: it sends the message that it can be for boys, too. Despite what some of the critics think (the phrase “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children” was used), the ad’s not about a trans kid (although I, at least, would of course be thrilled if it were; I’m all for celebrating trans children). Wearing nail polish (pink or glittery or otherwise) does not make a male-assigned child trans (or gay, for that matter).
I was going to rant about how ridiculous some of the comments in the Fox News article are. But honestly, I don’t feel like wasting my energy. It basically boils down to the fact that they think a little boy in pink nail polish is horrifying and going to destroy society as we know it, and I think a little boy in pink nail polish is adorable . . . and if he’s going to destroy society as we know it, that’s a good thing (because really, this transphobic gender binary nonsense is just screwing us all over).