Should I allow my 15 year old son to wear nail polish?
What Guys Said 25
Unless he is openly gay then it is a bad idea for him to wear it. We can talk about equality all we want, but the truth is that any straight guy that doesn't act like a "real man" gets bullied and treated like shit. At best people will talk shit about him behind his back. Most women don't want guys that act or dress like women, so if he is straight his options in who he dates is restricted to nearly no one.
Women don't understand how much more men are locked into our gender roles than women are locked into theirs. That is why you have men saying no, and women saying yes. That is just how our society is when it comes to the male gender role.
I would warn him about how people might bully him, then let him make his decision. If he complains about people bullying him over the way he dresses and acts, then I would tell him to shut the hell up. He made the choice knowing what could happen, and he needs to deal with the consequences.
People have to learn to deal with the judgements of others. Otherwise they don't get to enjoy the privilege of being different. We are all held to social norms in one way or another. Stepping outside those norms always has, and always will create problems for that person. If they want to change social norms, then they need to be strong enough to handle any backlash they may receive.0
No you should not.5
As a straight, self-secure male nearing his forties... I say yes. I wear earrings in both ears, and it doesn't bother me in the least. No one does a double take. Why not let him paint his nails? Come to think of it, I might start looking at painting my nails, too.
The only trouble is the upkeep. You know what I'm talking about, and he may get bored of it. lol2
Of course you should, I do however think it's kind of silly of people to assume that he'd be a homosexual for wanting to wear nail polish. You can even have a stereotypical "gay" personality and still be more straight than the jocks. Some women like makeup, some men like makeup, some women don't like makeup, some men don't like makeup it has nothing to do with sexuality. Anyway some might argue that it may get him bullied. But I think for most people being yourself is more important than being bullied also, he must have one heck of a self confidence to defy a social norm like that. Actually it might even make him feel worse than being bullied due to feeling like he's being supressed and forced to not express himself. Sorry, I'm just rambling on. TL;DR: Yes, yes you should.0
I think it's weird but if he wants to wear nail polish then I think you should let him. It's not like he's hurting himself or anyone else by wearing nail polish2
Yes. Let him embrace himself fully.0
If u want to allow him to be him, then do it. Tho I suggest that you watch the movie valentine road & remember that whatever happens to him after; both the good & the bad, will be ur fault. Bad parenting has been the driving force of many suicides in the USA...0
I would warn him before hand that if he dose he is practically inviting bullies to torment him. but if he really wants to let him1
i think you should make him aware of what goes along with guys wearing nail polish. like what people will think and so on. but you should let him decide after educating him.0
Nope nope nope. Proper dress code and style can help in all areas of life. For instance, I have the "right" to wear a dress to a job interview, or walk down the sidewalk with a traffic cone on my head, but is it advisable? Definitely not.0
Let him be a girly man if he wants to be.0
He'll be wearing your underwear and heels in like 2 years lol1
No, does he have father figure?2
No. bad idea0
You are evil.0
Yeah if he/she wants just do it no mater of gender, we are just humans.
I saw many pictures in The Humans of new york (is a photoblog and bestselling book featuring street portraits and interviews collected in New York City) and all people are different (no shit sherlock) check it out it's really interesting site.0
Some guys like the whole "emo" look, where they paint their nails black. That's OK but other than that, no, leave it to women1
What Girls Said 16
Yes, you should. If you really don't want to allow him that, then compromise on something else. Give him some freedom, otherwise you will end up being an overbearing parent and trust me, you wouldn't want that.0
Just let him, who cares. It's probably a stupid phase.3
Yes, if he wants to.0
He is his own man, let him do what he wants. It's probably just a phase of some sort. And if it isn't, support him any how.2
You should let him :)2
Yes you should. A few weeks ago I tried to convince guys of my class to let me put nail polish on their nails. Only one agreed and just for two fingers. All the others were like : "don't even approach me, I ain't no woman." All I could answer was : Is it really that bad to be a woman that you don't even want to have anything in common with us?
It's fine your son wants to wear nail polish, he is being fun and don't take himself and his gender too seriously. Great kid !0
Let him do what he wants. doesn't hurt anything0
Why not? Its not damaging to his health and its not like you are forcing it on him, he wants it.0
Why not, if it makes him happy0
Of course you should. If you don't then you are a shitty human being, who should never have been allowed to have children.0
No, you shouldn't. Like everyone is saying, it could probably be just a phase, but that's exactly why you shouldn't allow it. When kids are young, they can get into all kids of things that is not necessarily good for them even if that's not who they are and it could stick with them. Plus, this isn't really a necessity and it could only cause problems for him. If it's not just a phase, he can make that decision when he is a mature adult.2
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I wouldn't but that's just me.1
Yes :) let them be who they are2
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