I'm sure it goes without saying that I think this dad is awesome. I happen to have come from a very supportive household as well, so I definitely know the value of having parents that encourage you to be yourself. This is actually a topic that I've given a lot of thought to recently, as I've thought about what kind of parent I will be. The conclusion that I've come to is that the most important thing I can do is encourage my child to be themself, whatever that may be. I do have my own hopes about how they will turn out or the things that they will be interested in, but I know that at the end of the day I want to allow my son or daughter to discover themselves and be themselves, because that's what is most important.
While I do find articles about men in skirts interesting, I'm often more interested by the comments section. I enjoy reading other people's opinions on these types of stories, because I feel like it gives me a bit of a social barometer of "where we are" in the whole men's fashion freedom movement. It feels a bit paradoxical, but I do often want to know why people who don't like men wearing skirts or dresses feel the way they do. While I've never read an opinion on why men shouldn't wear skirts or dress that I've agreed with, it's interesting to catch a glimpse of things from the other side, and helps give me some perspective.
Speaking of perspective, I really feel like the perception of men's fashion freedom is truly moving forward. I've seen a lot of positive support for men in skirts recently, and that support seems to only be growing. I think it was just a little over a year ago that there was national outrage over an ad featuring a mother painting her son's toenails pink. Seriously, you would have thought the sky was falling from some of the comments on that. Now, just a year later, we see articles such as the above that receive a lot of positive attention, and much less gnashing of teeth. This makes me feel like things are moving forward ... and honestly who knows where we could be in even another year?
Bringing this back to talking specifically about fathers in skirts, I have to wonder if eventually I will be the subject of an article like this one? To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure how I would feel about that, but it's something I realize is possible in the back of my mind. A number of people have asked me recently (with regards to a skirt or dress I'm wearing), "So what are you going to do about all that once you are a dad?" Will wearing a skirt or dress in public with my child make some people question my ability to parent? Absolutely. The answer to the question, of course, is that I still plan to remain true to myself in all aspects of life, and I can't imagine doing it any different. Being yourself, even in the face of criticism, is a very important lesson to set for my child.
We've decided to leave the sex of our child a surprise (which seems to be driving some people mad, ha), but I've been doing a lot of reading about "princess boys" & other male identified at birth kids wearing skirts and dresses, so look for my thoughts on all that and how it may pertain to my child (gender dependent, of course) soon.
What do you think about dads wearing skirts, or allowing their boys to do so? Let me know in the comments below!