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Dec 2012
These words wind their way into my ear, causing me to draw only one conclusion.

Sam is a six year old girl with three big brothers,
who most likely influence her interests.
By majority vote they select the Saturday morning shows
and so Sam has grown up watching Spiderman
as he swings on his webs to save civilians, her hero.
Yet, apparently, six year old Sam dressing up
as Spider man for Halloween is reason enough
for an adult to label her a lesbian.

When did the term "tomboy"
become a synonym with derogatory terms
like ****?

And when did six year old girls know enough
about true love and gender rules to understand
what it even means to be a lesbian, let alone
comprehend the irresolute morality surrounding the subject?

In a society that rarely provides young, easily influenced girls
a female super hero whose function is not defined
by her title as "princess" or priding her uncanny ability
to attain all the answers to her problems in a man,
Sam is not at fault for seeing the strength in a super hero
and wanting to emulate the essence of that entity
despite the great gender divide.

I recently remembered this ridiculous phrase,
that eventually made its way onto "salmon" colored t-shirts,
reading, "real men wear pink."

The monopoly on pinks and pastels
was merging into things meant for men
who defended their wardrobe color choice with
"I wear pink because I'm comfortable with my masculinity."

Why is it okay for grown, supposedly masculine to wear pink,
but when eight year old Taylor puts on a tutu and a tiara,
He gets called gay and unnatural?
I'm sure we've all seen our fair share
of older sisters playing dress up with straight male siblings.

There's also a point I want to make
about his outfit producing a problem, which is
all of his persecutors are probably just jealous,
because experts have proven
that everyone pines to be a pretty princess,
because the promised happy ending always prevails.

Who cares if when this boy becomes a man
he boasts that he's mad for other men?
If coming out of the closet gave him closure
and sealed the deal for his timeless happiness,
which every person has the protected right to pursue,
he's already doing better than me, and I'm straight.
Tyler Loeslein
Written by
Tyler Loeslein  Maryland
   Jade, ---, Amara, --- and Carter Ginter
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