Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Beautiful Boy and A Beautiful Girl!

Did y’all hear the recent news story about the new parents who just welcomed their little bundle of joy, Storm, into the world?  The birth announcement listed all the pertinent information, name, weight, time of birth.  But the announcement was missing one thing….gender.  Storm’s parents have decided not to answer the first question everyone asks, “Is it a boy or a girl?”  They are going to let Storm decide which gender to pick.  I know, if you hadn’t already seen this story, you think I’m making this up.  Or you think Storm must have been born with some medical problem that would make Storm’s parents decide to do this.  But Storm wasn't.  Storm’s birth was and Storm’s body is perfectly normal.   (This non-use of pronouns is exhausting!)  Storm’s parents just don’t want Storm stereotyped. 

  Huh?  I don’t want my children stereotyped, either.  I want them to buck tradition, ask questions, not follow the status quo or just go through life the way everyone else does just because that’s the way it’s done.  But our gender is our identity.  There are so many other ways we can throw off stereotyping! 

  Luke here is proud to be a boy.  He does all the boy stuff.  He tagged along to his mom and big sister’s Real Beauty shoot, and the whole time he was climbing trees, walking on his hands, getting dirty, and falling off of stuff.  After all, he had four beautiful girls there to impress.  And when we asked him to write what he likes about himself on the ‘beauty board’, you can see what he wrote.  But even though Luke is a boy and proud of it, he is not JUST a boy.  He is kind, inquisitive, and smart.  And his sister, Nadia, who did plenty of tree-climbing herself at the Real Beauty shoot, is tough, funny, and energetic.   

  Just the Girls: Real Beauty is mostly about girls, and being a girl is great.  I know I’m happy to be one.  But what would the world be like with no boys!?  That’s why we throw one or two in the mix here at Real Beauty ‘headquarters’, because as happy as we are to be beautiful girls, we wouldn’t be anything without our beautiful boys!  Hug a beautiful boy today!  But if you pick one Luke’s age, be ready for him to say, “Ewww, girl germs!”  

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