Is It Acceptable For Boys To Wear Pink Polish?

Throwing it back to the 2011 Toemaggedon controversy.
Quick Recap: J.Crew sends out a weekly email blast featuring a section called Jenna’s picks. Jenna as in Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of J.Crew. Well this particular email was a bit controversial.
The feature showed a smiling Jenna playing with her son Beckett. Seems fine right? Upon closer look, you see Beckett sporting neon pink toe polish.

Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon. -Jenna Lyons, Creative Director of J.Crew

That was enough to send the world into a tizzy. It was headlined on major news stations and making international news. Media Research Center’s Erin Brown called the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children” while Fox News contributor, Keith Ablow says the ad is “an attack on masculinity.” John Stewart,on the other hand, poked fun at the conservatives slamming the ad.
Ummmmm ok? The kid is like 6 years old. Just because he slapped some colored polish on his toes doesn’t mean he’s destined for a transgendered lifestyle or that he’s gay. HE’S A KID who probably saw his mom painting her nails and wanted in on the fun. Painting nails is essentially coloring except instead of crayons, it’s polish and instead of paper, it’s nails.
Take a look at the picture and form your opinion.

jcrew campaign

Photo courtesy of J.Crew via Allure

What do you think about boys wanting pink nails? Do you think this is an issue?


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