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WWYD Vote: Should Parents Allow Young Sons to Dress in Halloween Costumes Traditionally Worn by Girls?

ABC News U.S. 2012/10/15 14:00:00
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  • Mike Smith 2012/10/15 15:33:27
    Yes
    Mike Smith
    +51
    If my daughter wants to be Peter Pan, so be it. If my son wants to be Cinderella, so be it. If my children are gay or straight, so be it. The end.

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  • wangyang 2013/04/14 14:16:58
    Yes
    wangyang
    +1
    Im chinese,at first ,i have no sure of decision in the topic,bec everyone have thieir thoughts ,so as a libertarian that there even not interpretation to them,at second ,its nonesense for lot of people,theres have no a response rule in that problem,and other,sometime,it should be put lot of negative comments in china。
  • makayla 2012/11/16 03:43:12
    Yes
    makayla
    +1
    i think you should judge a book by its cover emily omsent emily omsent
  • ~Here Comes The Sun~ 2012/11/15 16:21:05
    Yes
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    I dressed up as Dracula when I was a kid....
  • JDreDaCookieMonster 2012/11/15 14:41:54
    Yes
    JDreDaCookieMonster
    +1
    Let kids dress however they want for Halloween! IT is all for them.
  • Lady Serena 2012/11/15 02:53:35
    Yes
    Lady Serena
    +1
    Doesn't the U.S. government have bigger things to worry about, like fixing their debt instead of trying to "categorize" their children?!?
  • emily.krebs.108 2012/10/25 21:38:26
    Yes
    emily.krebs.108
    +1
    I think people read too much into this. Halloween is all about being someone/something else for a change and silliness. Little kids don't put so much stock into such things. Can dressing a certain way mean something different? Sure. But by and large, it doesn't. Further, if girls can and are encouraged to dress as good male characters, super heroes, and role models. Then why shouldn't boys be allowed to and encouraged to dress as good female characters, super heroes, and role models?
  • dennis m 2012/10/19 14:47:42
    Yes
    dennis m
    +1
    i mean if they really want to then what can one do
  • That One Chick 2012/10/18 20:59:06
    Yes
    That One Chick
    +1
    When I was little, I always dressed up as a boy. Whats the difference? If your 4 year old son wants to be Tinkerbell, let him, before he grows up and everyone tells him it's wrong. Let kids be kids.
  • LMA 2012/10/18 19:10:34
    Yes
    LMA
    +1
    It might be a joke
  • GLaDOS 2012/10/18 18:46:57
    Yes
    GLaDOS
    +1
    I let my daughter dress up as Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. When they're little, let them be whoever they want. I would, however, be totally for girls dressing as boy characters, because a lot of girl-type costumes I've seen make girls look like little tramps.
  • Lady Salsa 2012/10/18 16:17:16
    Yes
    Lady Salsa
    +1
    Sure. Clothes are just clothes! Who cares?
  • twilliamx Lady Salsa 2012/10/23 04:07:25
    twilliamx
    +1
    Clothes are not just clothes, clothes could be clothes when you know how your kid thinks and assimilate things, you don't even know if he just saw a cross dresser on tv and thought to himself that its ok to dress like a woman, he came to meet you and instead of you asking him why he wants to dress that way, you just tell him clothes are clothes, well as for me My son will be raised as a son and people will see him as a son and they won't be confused and wondering when i had a daughter. I am his father and am meant to lead him on d right part so even if he ask me ill make him see reasons otherwise because if he asks me if he could put his in fire ill tell him no. American parent should learn to lead their children aright and not the other way round.
  • Lady Salsa twilliamx 2012/10/24 03:12:41
    Lady Salsa
    +2
    Clothes are not inherently gendered.* The sex of clothing only becomes an issue by you attributing meaning to an item of clothing - for example, a dress is not inherently functional or advantageous to women, nor pants for men. The reason women can wear pants and not be embarrassed by "crossing the line" is because it's a "man's item" and therefore NOT "humiliating" for a woman to wear it, unlike skirts and dresses are for men. It's only embarrassing for a man to wear a dress because society has conditioned us to believe that being a woman is somehow less. Maybe you should be looking at freeing men themselves from patriarchal constraints (women are not the only people disadvantaged by it!). *I might consider an argument for bras as being inherently gendered, as they perform a function that more women than men need.

    Secondly, it's a costume for god's sake. If I dress up as a vampire on halloween it doesn't mean I want to be a vampire. Similarly if a male kid wants to wear a dress it doesn't mean he wants to be a woman. I bet if your daughter wanted to dress up as a male character for halloween you wouldn't bat an eyelid.
  • Robyn Stark 2012/10/18 10:04:15
    Yes
    Robyn Stark
    +1
    I don't know why someone would have a problem with that
  • Medium Jock 2012/10/18 04:36:42
    Yes
    Medium Jock
    +1
    When I have kid they can wear what they like for halloween, purim and any fancy dress party they goto the main thing is that they want to and are happy to wear it
  • Roger 2012/10/18 03:05:58
    No
    Roger
    +1
    Well for halloween okay I guess but I have no desire to do soooo meh do whatever
  • Sam LeFay 2012/10/18 01:52:27
    Yes
    Sam LeFay
    +2
    I mean, it depends. If he wants to go parading down Mulberry Lane in a Heal My Fantasy Nurse or Betty the Bodaciously Dirty Cop costume without wearing drag, I may have a few words to say about it. I don't want him to get hit in the face with a pumpkin.
    But if he's just a child and wants to dress up as Lady Liberty or the Little Mermaid, I will make him the prettiest little Ariel out there. In fact, he will be such a dazzling, statuesque Ariel that every other little girl dressed as Ariel will weep at the sight of him, knowing that there is no way they could measure up to an Ariel of that caliber. Parents who come to the door will make it rain candy on him. My son will be so tight.
  • SundayS... Sam LeFay 2012/10/18 14:49:00
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    You're going to be the best mom ever. (:

    ps Hetalia is awesome
  • Sam LeFay SundayS... 2012/10/20 02:10:17 (edited)
    Sam LeFay
    +1
    Why thank you. I make my best attempts. >:D
    And I daresay I agree.
    <----- This boy right here in my avatar box, this boy is my one true love.
  • SundayS... Sam LeFay 2012/10/21 15:04:01
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    Is that Alfred or Matthew? Can't tell from here o3o
  • Sam LeFay SundayS... 2012/12/10 04:04:41
    Sam LeFay
    +1
    OAO
    ALFRED. ALFRED!
    Matthew. Well I never. jk mattie you're nice chap you
  • SundayS... Sam LeFay 2012/12/11 21:01:25
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    Ah, I see. o3o COme to think of it if it were Mattie he'd have a polar bear or sth o3os
  • YourCompanionCube 2012/10/18 01:21:22 (edited)
    Yes
    YourCompanionCube
    +2
    Actually, Parents should allow their kids what THEY feel is appropriate. That is my opinion.
    Personally, I'd do it if I was going to a midnight movie or something. If I was cosplaying, I'd do it. For Halloween it would depend on whether or not I wanted to do such a costume. Usually I dress up as whatever I want.
  • Lucy Krueger 2012/10/17 22:46:35
    Yes
    Lucy Krueger
    +1
    I wouldn't really mind dressing up in a girl's costume myself If it was in front of strangers.
  • Chaya2010 2012/10/17 22:22:54
    Yes
    Chaya2010
    +1
    Why not its pretty funny if it is them in the Mario Brothers outfits.
  • ℂynthia 2012/10/17 20:09:51
    Yes
    ℂynthia
    +2
    Nothing is wrong about that!
  • StanK 2012/10/17 19:02:44
    Yes
    StanK
    +2
    The point of Halloween is to be scary. Most guys dressed in girl costumes look scary beyond all belief. Goal accomplished.
  • john.keenan.792 2012/10/17 18:24:22
    Yes
    john.keenan.792
    +2
    oh yeah i think so as long as harmless fun; god several yaers ago i dressed up in a french maid latex dress up with my bike boots no and had a blast in the rock clubs and the cathouse
  • Flamingolady 2012/10/17 18:17:32
    Yes
    Flamingolady
    +3
    I once paid my 7 year old son to dress up as Dolly Parton. Was that hilarious, and the pictures are priceless. No one in the neighborhood knew who he was!! And, being the little money grubber he was, he loved it!
  • John T. 2012/10/17 17:30:35
    Yes
    John T.
    +2
    Part of the fun of Halloween is dressing up like something you are not. It is also more fun if they make their own costumes.
  • KungPaoKat 2012/10/17 17:15:00
    Yes
    KungPaoKat
    +2
    The point behind a Halloween costume is to dress up as something you're not and if it so happens to be a funny costume like a cross dressed parody or something, what's wrong with it?
  • ally 2012/10/17 16:31:07
    Yes
    ally
    +4
    It's Hallowwen. You're only young once. Have fun and be anyone you want to be. My teen brother and his friends went dressed as thier sisters (mini skirts, makeup, long wigs) and were hits everywhere they went!
  • WGN 2012/10/17 16:08:14
    Yes
    WGN
    +4
    It is a day to dress up and have fun. Only the paranoid would consider something wrong with boys dressing as girls. Girls do it all the time and no one says anything!
  • glass_butterfly ~YSU~ 2012/10/17 16:07:14
    Yes
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
    +2
    As long as it's just for Halloween. But not before and not after. It's all fine to dress up, and be silly. Adults do it all the time to be funny! Nobody faults this guy from dressing like a girl:
    The Joker nurse
  • BlunderWoman 2012/10/17 16:03:27
    Yes
    BlunderWoman
    +3
    If the boy genuinely wants to wear a "girl's" costume, I see no reason to make a big deal out of it. It's Halloween, after all.
  • Zammo 2012/10/17 15:49:54
    Yes
    Zammo
    +1
    But you might want to enroll them in self defense classes first. When I was a young kid in the city there was this -pardon the term- sissy boy - on our street who could kick butt. Never quite figured him out but he could sure take care of himself.
  • jacktown kid 2012/10/17 15:21:03
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    Absolutely not
  • jacob b... jacktow... 2013/04/25 01:22:15
    jacob black
    +2
    why do u think like that i would assume your either a jock a lil immature boy or a bad father
  • jacktow... jacob b... 2013/05/09 15:26:53
    jacktown kid
    +1
    None of the above Jacob get a life
  • robert.goldsmith.14 2012/10/17 15:09:08
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