Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cool girls can....

My five year old was trying to convince his current BFF to let her favourite Barbie ride his Spiderman bike. She was having none of it.

"Barbie doesn't ride a bike", she informed him.
"Why not? I'll teach her."
"Barbie doesn't want to ride a bike."
"Why not?", asked my son. "Riding a bike is great fun."
"Barbie does like riding bikes. She is a girl."
"You are stoopid. Your Barbie is stoopid. You both know nothing", said my son, stomping his feet. "Cool girls can do everything boys can do."

Something tells me she is now his former BFF.

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Ann said...

Oh what a lovely boy. Your son qualifies for a modern Man and of course he is perfectly right! "Girls can do everything boys can do."

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wonderful story! Or should I say: Cool!

niranjana said...

If you get time, please get hold of "Cinderella ate my daughter" by Peggy Orenstein. It's a fantastic exploration of how gender roles/expectations are formed in childhood, and how such patterns influence us into adulthood too. I'm reading it for review right now,and I can already predict it's going to be amongst my best reads of 2011.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And he's right!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I so admire the way you are raising your sons. How wonderful that your five-year-old knows that the only thing that restricts us is what we allow to restrict us.

Your post made me think of Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess. It's a terrific story of a not-at-all stereotypical princess that I read to my daughter many times. I recommend it.

Jen Chandler said...

Oh that's too funny! He has a great attitude toward "cool" girls though. Love it!!!


Mary Vaughn said...

How refreshing to hear a boy say it for a change!
Too sweet.

Wanda said...

Now that one cool little boy.

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Jemi Fraser said...

Love it! Stoopid indeed :)

Al said...

I can testify to the fact. Cool girls can do anything

slommler said...

Of course cool girls can do anything...!!!! Words of wisdom for sure!! Anyway, who wants to be stoopid!!!!

Hart Johnson said...

teehee--love your son's attitude about girls. You may want to teach him something though, about presentation of the facts *snort*

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Ann - I guess all those days of trying to drill that into his head is now paying off. But then he does see his mother doing things other mothers do not do.

@ Debra - yes, you should say, cool. All cool people say cool.
February 9, 2011 11:42 PM

@ niranjana - thanks for the reccomendation. Yes, that is exactly the kind of books we need to counter all the stereotyping that is drilled into our kids.

@ Alex - he is, isn't he?

@ Margot - Thank you.
He still things girls don't drive cars, though, because I am petrified of driving in this city ;-)
And thank you for the reccomendation- must try to get my hands on the book.

@ Jen - His brother is fascinated by girls on bikes- I guess he gets that from him.

@ Mary - yes. It is sad that more girls are not taught to assert themselves, though.

@ Wanda - that's the right word to use;-)

@ interestingplace - thanks for dropping by. Will pay you a visit soon.

@ Jemi - beautiful word, isn't it?

@ Al - you should know. You are surrounded by them at home.

@ SueAnn- precisely. Who wants to be stoopid- much worse than being merely stupid.

@ Hart - He's his mother's son. Diplomacy is not really a word he knows ;-)


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