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Daphne is For Boys

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I love this mom. Sarah, from Missouri, let her 5 year-old son dress as Daphne–one of the female characters from Scooby Doo. Why the hell not?

Because some of the mothers in her son’s elementary school were dismayed by her son cross-dressing as a girl. Mom’s blog post about the Halloween costume went viral last week: more than 33,000 comments. As she explains on The Today Show, only a few of the comments were negative. 95% of the commenters expressed support.

Doesn’t this mom deserve applause–not criticism? For shucking norms? For doing what parents are supposed to do, be supportive?

For loving her son above all else?

Mom admits that she doesn’t care whether her son is gay or not; it’s the homophobia from her community that angers her. If a boy wants to dress like a girl, why make him feel embarrassed by his choice? Why not celebrate this 5 year-old’s originality?

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