Today’s crowd-sourcing research topic is taken from a conversation I had with a couple of moms I know. It’s about sexual identity and our kids.
Even the most open-minded parents find themselves caught up in whether or not their boys should be playing with toys designed and marketed to little girls. And I do think this is more likely to come up for those who have sons. For whatever the reason may be, it’s OK for little girls to like army men, dump trucks, and action figures. But if our little boys are standing in the toy store, staring longingly at Barbie, a parent might try and nudge him closer to GI Joe. And even if it’s not as deliberate as that, I reckon the thought would enter most of our minds.
How would you react if your little boy suddenly preferred Barbie to GI Joe? Why? (Don’t take that question too literally. What I mean to ask is: what if your son started to identify with the more feminine societal symbols?)