You may have noticed last week's cultural kerfuffle -- brouhaha? Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons laughing with her son Beckett, whose toenails are pink -- his favorite color. It shared the news cycle with deadly radiation in Japan, the historic budget battle, civil war in Libya and a number of other equally weighty issues.
Yesterday, as I was touching up my nail polish, my 3-year-old son came over to watch. He liked the color I was using, and asked me to paint his nails too. I also know that wanting to emulate the adults around them is a very developmentally appropriate practice for young children.
My kids have always wanted to take part in the things I do. Each of them has also wanted me to paint their toenails. Every time I pull out my selection of miniature rainbowed pots, my kids huddle around to watch.
Crew President and Creative Director Jenna Lyons included a candid shot of her painting her toddler's toenails in the most recent J. Crew catalog. The only "problem"? Lyons's child is a boy, and some people are doing a lot of pearl clutching about it.
Thankfully it seems like the general attitude towards letting children express themselves has become more accepting and relaxed. Ever since I've become a mother, the importance of gender equality has only grown for me because I want my son to grow up in a world where the way he presents himself won't warrant bullying. Even though Gwen Stefani's son wears nail polishjust because it's accepted in Hollywood doesn't mean it will be in my neighborhood.
What's with the ads? I was in line at Petsmart Don't look at me.
Crew : Preppy chic apparel seller or blatant seller of transgender propaganda? Fox News and other conservative pundits are in a lather over a recent mailer featuring brand designer Jenna Lyons and her 5-year-old son Beckett wearing pink toenail polish. The caption read: "Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.
We are going on vacation to Florida this week, so I painted my toenails. As soon as you and your sister caught wind of it, you were in my vanity drawer picking out which color you wanted for your toes. After your bath, you sat next to each other on the ottoman, and I painted your toenails a luminescent purple.
A friend recently steered me towards J. Beyond colorful cardigans and sensible slacks, what could they include that would shock a handful of people? Apparently, the staff member in question shared some photos of her hanging out with her son and painting his nails in hot pink no less!
Thanks to Meg for emailing us about the media debate currently raging over a J. Crew ad showing a designer painting her five-year-old son's toenails pink. The debate was sparked off by a Fox News columnist freaking out about how this ad is "a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity" … but the rest of the media is playing along, with one headline screaming " J. While I chalk most of this hysteria up to a hour news cycle, a columnist baiting people into debate, and pundits trying to whip people into a froth in the name of more eyeballs I'm a media cynicthere are larger issues to be discussed here… The the claim that painting your kids toenails could "turn him gay" or "make him transgender" really points to the larger cultural split between the "born this way" vs.