When I was a kid, my dad would take me to the nail salon on the weekends. He'd sit next to me, getting his nails buffed and filed while I had mine painted Barbie pink with little crystal-studded flowers. At the time, I didn't understand why my dad didn't get a color on his nails, too, and the fact that he was the only man getting his nails done didn't phase me either. To this day, he claims he didn't get his painted because he "never found [his] color," but we all know taboos regarding men who wear nail polish might have help him back. Throughout history, society has attached unfair stigmas to men who wear nail polish. To learn more, I spoke with four men who do so on a regular basis, and they all mentioned the conclusions that people jump to when they see a man with painted nails. People tend to assume that they are either gay or transgender — conjectures that are only offensive in that neither gender identity nor sexual orientation can be indicated based on appearance and personal aesthetic tastes. Another often inaccurate hypothesis: men are merely product testers for female partners.
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Kids , Motherhood. In: Kids. Last night, I let my three-year-old son pick out a color of nail polish for me at Target. Bright electric blue. My five-year-old chose the prettiest of lilac purple. Blue vs. Boys vs. Trucks vs. Then when my son wanted to paint his toes like me, I hesitated.
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By Stoney , April 19, in For Everybody. I have been painting my toes for the last 4 to 5 years, and I love the look. I was just curious what other men do the same. If this has already been asked I apologize in advance as I am new to this site. Just repainted mine. I love the look too, my wife doesn't care that I wear it. I paint hers for her most of the time.
Kumari Devarajan. Being a kid who defies gender norms is tough. It can be tougher when you're also contending with pressures — and stereotypes — tied to your race. They wrote in to ask about how race and gender expression play out in their own family:. One such heated incident arose where we had allowed our 6-year-old to paint his nails. His biological mother became very upset by this and evidently spent much of their supervised visits upset with him.