In a modern world of acceptance and tolerance, you would think that people have a right to be whatever and whomever they want to be. When your life isn’t hurting anyone, and doesn’t break any laws, then what logical basis is there for contesting the way a person lives?
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The father of a young child in America recently encountered issues in the area of tolerance and acceptance and took to social media to voice his outrage. We’re going to be looking into this in some more detail, and hopefully putting out a positive message for people everywhere.
The Story - Bullying, Discrimination and Cruelty
The father of a 5-year-old child has recently taken to social media to tell a significant tale - the story of his son and his right to have pink painted nails.
His powerful message spoke at length about the damaging impacts of toxic masculinity, and how his child was bullied at school for having nails which were painted pink. While he doesn’t blame the children, as they’re only 5 or 6 at best, he does point the finger towards parents who were raised with less progressive and accepting attitudes, and in turn, imparted it onto their children.
Thankfully, a lot of the internet is much more accepting, with well known male footballers and athletes taking to their profiles to showcase that they also rocked that pink look. There’s been a massive uproar and spirited defence of this young man and his right to have pink nails, but it does highlight an old attitude that’s at work in the world still.
What Does This Mean?
The western world, while responsible for many eras of change and prosperity, is also still struggling with the notion that atypical ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ concepts aren’t limited to their original gender anymore. While most people have accepted and embraced a more modern attitude, many feel that people who cross the ‘borders’ between gender aren’t deserving of the same compassion and humanity which should be afforded to everyone.
Painted nails, and indeed false nails, aren’t bound to any one gender. Anyone can pick up false nails, try them on, and enjoy their benefits. You shouldn’t feel that you can’t do something because you aren’t the ‘right’ gender - we encourage people to be whomever they want to be and would never discriminate against anyone for their choices.
Overall, it’s very encouraging that so much of the world came to the defence of this special little man and his nails. As a society, we’re definitely on the right path in regards to change and tolerance, but some of the attitudes of the past still cling on and refuse to let go. The hope is that we can change these attitudes for the better, and create a world where people feel that they can be whatever they want to be. A world where no one need feel the brutal lash of oppression, and where freedom and self-determination aren’t hindered.