Jacksonisms | Gender Roles Edition
Scene: Tonight, putting Jackson to bed. Every night we talk about his day - what made him happy, if anything made him feel sad, and general musings. He calls it “chatting.”
Me: What made you happy today?
J: A Mad Face (his usual first answer)
Me: Oh, wow. What made you sad today?
J: A happy face!
Me: Who did you play with at school today
J: [names of friends redacted]
Me: What about Lucy*?
J: No, Lucy’s not nice.
Me: Oh no, why not?!
J: She doesn’t like it.
Me: Doesn’t like what?
Me: Oh dear. Well maybe she just likes to play different types of toys than you?
J: Yeah. Lucy likes doll things
Me: Doll things! That sounds fun! Maybe you can play dolls with Lucy. Tell her about your doll Jackula!
J: Nah, I like the boy toys. I don’t play doll things.
Me: Well, there aren’t really “boy” toys and “girl toys” - if you want to play with a doll, that would be great!
J: Yeah…that’s not gonna happen.
So I don’t know how he thinks that there are boy toys and girl toys. I have tried to provide ample opportunities to play with any traditionally girl toys that he could possibly want, but the kid just LOVES THE TRUCKS. He likes pink enough, and if I am painting my nails he will ask if I can paint his (lets me paint one nail and then is over it), but I just can’t seem to convince him to play dolls. Oh, and as I was leaving his room he said “Ok! Ciao! Bye!” - He is in rare form this evening.
*Name changed to protect privacy of classmate, who has a VERY unique name ;)