Can Boys Paint Their Nails Too?

Have you ever painted your nails pink? Did you ever think it would be controversial?

An advertisement in J. Crew’s most recent catalog shows the president of the company, Jenna Lyons, painting her 5-year-old son’s toenails pink.  (J. Crew is a national clothing and accessories retailer.)

There is a caption on the image that reads, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

J. Crew is known for its more conservative style and has faced a lot of backlash because of this advertisement! It has taken the Internet by storm!

Hundreds of people have had something to say when it comes to this young boy and his pink toenails. Somepeople are bothered by it, while others have come to his defense!

A man with Fox News said, “Well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who’ll be affected by your ‘innocent’ pleasure.”

On the other hand, one woman who responded online said that “if the roles had been reversed and the photo…had been of a little girl playing in the mud with trucks, nobody would have batted an eye.”

Do you think it’s okay for boys to wear pink nail polish if they so choose?  What are your reactions to what some people said about it?

Do you think that strict rules for girls and boys about what you can and cannot do are important to have, or should you be able to express yourself in whatever way you want?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and share your stories!


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  • Lorraine Molina

    I find it hard to believe that a 5 year old has a firm grasp of their gender identity. Girls behaving boyish or boys behaving girlish is just play. No harm done. I, personally, don’t put much stock into anything FOX News has to say. Restricting play is a good way to stifle creativity and positive development. So kudos to parents of children who celebrate them!

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