Watch the “Princess Boy” Today show interview in this video clip, where 5 year old Dyson, who dresses like a girl, inspired his mom to write a book about acceptance.
Where do you stand on the “Princess Boy” discussion?
I know plenty of people will believe that Dyson shouldn’t be encouraged to dress like a little girl – over all, there are societal beliefs about how boys and girls should behave.
But then, if your child wants to express themselves by dressing as the opposite gender, would you deny them the freedom of expression?
My daughter dressed up in boy outfits when she was younger to look like her brother, but I didn’t stop her. She also sported a fake mustache for the better part of the summer! (That may be a different discussion altogether…)
It seems an easier pill to swallow when little girls want to dress as boys (though Angelina Jolie’s Shiloh is often in the spotlight for fancying boy clothes), but a boy dressed in a full-on purple and pink dress on national TV may be a little bit harder to understand.
Mom Cheryl Kilodavis wrote “My Princess Boy,” which she says is “ designed to start and continue a dialog about unconditional friendship and teaches children — and adults — how to accept and support children for who they are and how they wish to look.”
In this Today show interview video, Kilodavis says, “Bullying is taking lives. It is unacceptable. Period. We must stop standing by while others are being harmed for expressing themselves. Our children are teaching us how to accept them every day. We all want our children to live in a world where they can express themselves without harming anyone else or being harmed.”
What do you think of Princess Boy? Would you let your son wear dresses?