“If you take them to a face-painting booth, that doesn’t make them cats.”

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but J. Crew has pretty much destroyed the world with an email ad that showed the organization’s president painting her son’s toenails. But not only painting them. Painting them hot pink.


This got people all hot and bothered because, well, he’s a boy. Boys should be taught to play baseball and hit things. If boys start painting their nails, they’ll also probably grow vaginas and get periods, and then everything will get really confusing. We need to teach our boys how to be men! Because everyone knows that being a little girly is, like, the worst thing in the world. It’s so bad that manliness needs to protected behind an iron fortress of douchebaggery.

Evidently, masculinity is just a delicate flower. It’s always a little nail paint away from total eradication.

I could say more on this, but I’m going to let Jon Stewart and Company do it for me. They’re funnier than I am, anyway.

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  1. April 16, 2011 at 2:56 am —

    My mom let me paint my nails once or twice, and I once brought a doll to show and tell, and today I’m a submissive, masochist transsexual*. No, wait, I’m not.

    *not intended to disparage submissive, masochistic transsexuals.

  2. April 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm —

    This article about the shifts in “gender-specific” fashions is enlightening: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/When-Did-Girls-Start-Wearing-Pink.html For one thing, pink used to be considered a color only boys should wear. It’s all so arbitrary and ridiculous.

  3. April 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm —

    when my younger brother was about 2 or so, he would dress up in my swimsuit and a string of beads. and do you know what he grew up to be? a wonderful, selfless guy who works with developmentally disabled adults. i say, let them wear pink!

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