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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