This is my son, Chester, who is nearly 4. He was invited to his friend Chloe’s birthday party today, the theme was prince and princesses. He asked if he could go as Sleeping Beauty, so I bought him a dress and put a cute little clip in his hair.
We arrived at the party to the following comments from the adults present:
“Oh that is just cruel.”
"Why did you make him wear a dress?"
"Poor little man, what’s your mummy playing at?"
"He’s going to hate you when he grows up."
"No way I’d let my son dress like a girl."
The fact is, Chester is almost completely gender neutral. I let him wear what he wants, be it boys or girls clothes, and he plays with whatever toys he likes. This usually involves him holding tea parties while wearing his pink Minnie Mouse top, jeans and a tiara. The guests are more often than not a mixture of Winnie The Pooh characters, dinosaurs, Barbie, Dora and solders, and they’re usually transported in his favorite fire engine.
When my husband arrived at the party later on, he was subjected to endless ridicule from the other dad’s present about how I must keep his balls in my back pocket because otherwise he would have put his foot down and not allowed Chester out like that. Oh, and by the way, our other son dressed as Ariel. When my husband pointed out that the boys were happy, and the mother of the birthday child made a point of saying how wonderful she thought it was that we allowed them freedom of choice and expression, they then stopped talking about it to our faces and started muttering about us behind our backs.
Interestingly enough, not a single child said a word about their choice of costumes, other than to compliment Chester on his new dress.
Meet the real life mermaid who swims with jellyfish and can hold her breath under water for up to five minutes
Linden Wolbert travels the world as a full time professional mermaid and uses her custom-made 6ft tail to propel her through the water.
The 32-year-old freediver and model can swim to depths of 115ft and uses her skills to promote ocean conservation and education.
how do u go about being a “professional” mermaid
who pays you?
I find this oddly amazing…
Ed, describing part of his intake interview at the state institution (Bogdan & Taylor 1982).
There is a significant level of bias, primarily historically, in psychiatric institutions. Of the experiments studied to test these suspicions, the Rosenhan Experiment is arguable the most famous. In his psuedopatient experiment, Rosenhan and seven other mentally healthy “patients” attempted to be admitted into institutions by faking auditory hallucinations (they tried to say they had schizophrenia). In their initial assessment, they claimed to only hear the words “empty”, “hollow”, and “thud”, which if you’ve ever learned of auditory schizophrenics and the terrifying things they are forced to hear, is nothing (HUGE warning if you choose to listen to the link). They didn’t claim any other psychotic or psychiatric symptoms. Despite that, all of them were admitted. Seven were diagnosed with schizophrenia and one with manic-depressive psychosis.
Once admitted, they were all instructed to behave mentally stable, but the more “normal” they attempted to present themselves, the more it fired back. None of the staff realised that they had admitted perfectly, mentally healthy patients. [wikipedia, on being sane in insane places, rosenhan experiment explained]
3-D food printer makes perfect pizza
Natural Machines says its Foodini will soon be printing homemade pizza in your kitchen, and it’s just one of many 3-D food printers in development.
pizza food science!!!!
#you wouldn’t download a pizza