How would we react to a boy with a doll?
From the noted children’s picture book author, Charlotte Zolotow,
illustrated by William Pene Du Bois, comes a gentle story about a boy
who wished to have a doll. To love.
If a son asked for a doll, would we grant it?
William’s grandmother gives him more than just a patient ear.
And gives William’s father a piece of her mind,
in the most elegant way that grandmothers tend to possess.
Gender stereotypes, among boys and girls, will take generations to shift, let alone destroy.
We can only hope to make progress one child at a time.
Boys familiar and comfortable with empathy, care, sensitivity
would better understand, express, and thus cope better, with strong sentiments.
Of those around, as well as their own.
Girls encouraged to explore their strength and capability in
self-dependence, administrative decision-making, practicality,
would keep them confident, at any age, in any circumstance.
Why must something as pure and essential as emotions
be compartmentalised into gender?
“You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”
– Khalil Gibran, on the topic of children