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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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Wait, Halloween was Created by The Gays?

David Frum, the Bush speechwriter who is often cited as the originator of the catchphrase “axis of evil,” writes a surprisingly gay-friendly homage to the origins of Halloween. Where does he trace its roots?

Castro in the 70’s, of course.

And credit The Gays not only for this American institution, but a host of other fun, wholly American trends as well. According to Frum:

From the spread of disco in the 1970s — to the habit of paying money for sparkling waters such as Perrier — culminating in Halloween, gays have incubated and developed major cultural trends. Straights adopt, and then ungratefully forget whom they are adopting from — just as American Christians forget how much of the modern Christmas music they enjoy was written by Jews, starting with the most popular of them all, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The majority culture forgets what the minority culture has produced.

Frum’s a man who gives credit where credit’s due. (And for the record, I’m appalled by how many cliches I’ve just used in this post.)

Filed under: fashion, gay life, holidays, , , , , , , , ,

My Kid’s Going as Robocop

It’s a relentless news cycle focused on all things Halloween. Longest lines ever at the costume shop! Horror movies with more guts and gore than ever before! And my favorite: best costumes for your dog. American excess and obliviousness at its best.

Still, it amuses me to run across one dad’s detailed account of making a robot costume for his son. And not just any robot, but a mini Robocop. Shot all over the city of Detroit with the assistance of cops, revolving doors, and futuristic locales.

Dad reports:

While we were talking, some Hollywood-type rushed over to take a picture of the kid with his camera phone. “I’m good friends with Peter Weller, the guy who played Robocop on the movie,” he said. “He’s gonna get a kick out of this.” The guy proceeded to e-mail the photo to Weller, so chances are the real Robocop has seen my little Robocop.

Who’s having more fun, father or son?

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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