How is it that little girls decide boys are bad?
In recent weeks, every time The Dictator doesn't like something, like carrots, she says it's for boys.
"I don't like carrots. Carrots are for boys!" she'll say.
Or, "I don't like popsicles. Popsicles are for boys!"
Frankly, I find it kind of funny. I mean, what can I say? "You're right! Carrots are for boys!"
The house next door to mine has been torn down and is now being built up again. The other day there were workers hammering away on the roof. I sat on my front stoop and was pointing all the action out to The Dictator.
"Look! Look at that man on the top of the house," I told her. "Are you going to climb a house one day?"
"No," she said. "Only boys climb houses."
Ok, that annoyed me.
While it was true that there were only men (Every other word out of their potty mouths was, 'Fuck that! Fuck this! Fuck you!' But that's another story...) I certainly have never told The Dictator that only boys do certain things.
In fact, I'm so aware of gender and how I don't want The Dictator to grow up thinking she can only be and do certain things because she's a girl, that I've bought her soccer balls, and foot balls, and a scooter and trucks.
There has been absolutely no talk of "only boys can climb houses." So where the hell did she get that from?
"Girls and boys can BOTH climb houses," I told her, adding, "When you're bigger."
Yes, I have dressed The Dictator entirely in pink since the day she was born. A) I like pink. B) she was bald for the longest time. In fact, if she's not wearing pink, she still often looks like a boy.
I mainly dress her in pink so I don't have to hear what an "adorable son" I have.
But where do girls learn that boys suck and where do boys learn that girls suck?
Where do they learn that only girls do certain things and only boys do certain things (the only one that I for sure have told her is that she can't pee standing up...but she still has tried this, to disastrous results.)
Then, the other day, she asked for lipstick. And here I am singing out all the time to The Dictator, "Anything boys can do, girls can do better."
I never thought it would happen in this day and age, but it has...