Will nail polish on a young boy’s toenails lead to a lifetime of gender confusion? According to a reporter at Fox News, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’

“Saturdays with Jenna,” a feature on the J.Crew website that recently showed Jenna Lyons, the brand’s CEO with her adorable son wearing pink nail polish caused the ire of Fox reporter, Dr. Keith Ablow. The reporter attacked her and the brand in a rant on FoxNews.com entitled “J.Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity.”

The ad reads: “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.

Here’s an excerpt from Ablow’s response:

This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.

He goes on to suggest that painting a boys’ toenails can encourage him to become a post-opp transexual later in life. And likens the boy’s manicure to skin-bleaching and claiming to be white or getting a dark brown tattoo to pose as African-American.

Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth, can throw our species into real psychological turmoil—not to mention crowding operating rooms with procedures to grotesquely amputate body parts? Why not make race the next frontier? What would be so wrong with people deciding to tattoo themselves dark brown and claim African-American heritage? Why not bleach the skin of others so they can playact as Caucasians?

Lyons joins Gwen Stefani as high-profile public figures who regularly engage in painting their sons’ toenails, a beauty statement that obviously confuses and disturbs many.

To be honest, I’m appalled that Ablow believes a simple manicure wields the power to create a homosexual society that can’t procreate and survive due to widespread gender confusion. “Psychological sterilization,” doesn’t come from a pink nail polish bottle.

But the conversation did make me wonder how evolved we are when it comes to social constructs of gender when it involves our own children.

Would you let your son wear nail polish if he asked? Why or why not?

-Jessica C. Andrews

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  • Donna

    Letting your son or daughter wear nail polish does not determine their sexual preference later on in life. There are plenty of gay men that have NO desire whatsoever to wear women’s clothes or make up, if not the majority.
    If your child is gay, your child is gay. What you do or do not allow them to do in childhood doesn’t factor into the outcome.

  • Danii

    If my son asked me about nail polish and if he could wear it than yeah I’d paint his nails. I used to paint my brother’s nails when we were little and he’s straight. Minor stuff like painting someone’s nails or the types of clothes they wore as children don’t determine a person’s sexuality.

  • minna k.

    I don’t find anything wrong with boys and nail polish. I think the fear for some parents may be the reaction of OTHERS.

  • Mike

    I am 28 and am happly married and very much what socity would concider a mans nan but i paint my toe nails pink and every other color after my wife told me about this i finally got my first pedi and went out in sandals. People are making a big deal over nothing