icivey asked: Dear ALB, there has recently been a commercial for the company called goldieblox, I think it's a beautiful thing. But I've always wondered why there is nothing like this for boys from a early age were to told to not sew, design , or do anything streopyically feminine like my mother refusing to but me a sewing machine because it's to girly. What's your opinion do you think there will ever be changes for boys or not thank u for your time -Christopher Ivey -Instagram: iveyi
I think there will be changes for boys, but it will be harder. The reason it’s going to be much much harder is because society values masculinity more than femininity. So people get on board with “let’s promote science and sports and math for girls” much much quicker than “let’s promote artistry and design and sewing for boys”. I mean just a few years ago, J Crew ran and ad showing it’s top designer painting her son’s toenails pink and enjoying a happy moment together, and there was basically a public outcry.
And certainly we know, if the ad had shown a father and daughter participating in a traditionally masculine pastime (perhaps pretending to shave her face, standing next to her father? I’ve seen kids do that) it would not have been considered quite as scandalous.
I think there will be changes for boys, I certainly HOPE so, but I think it will be a bit longer time coming, and we’ll have to work even harder for it. The idea of boys and men being artistic and fashionable and creative makes some people really uncomfortable, and that’s not fair. We shouldn’t be limiting any children from discovering their talents and reaching their potential.