In case anyone has forgotten — it's 2016. That means that if a young boy wants to wear an outfit that isn't traditionally made for boys, he should be free to do so whenever and for as long as he wants. That's what made the mom who defended her son for wearing a tutu such a straight up badass. When it comes to loving your child unconditionally, she takes the cake.
According to a Facebook post that Jen Anderson Shattuck shared online, she was publicly reprimanded by a complete stranger for allowing her son Roo to wear a tutu in public. In the post she states:
My three-and-a-half-year-old son likes to play trucks. He likes to do jigsaw puzzles. He likes to eat plums. And he likes to wear sparkly tutus. If asked, he will say the tutus make him feel beautiful and brave. If asked, he will say there are no rules about what boys can wear or what girls can wear.
So if Roo is the one who picks his outfits and feels no societal pressure to conform, what's the problem? Apparently a man seeing Roo and Jen playing outside felt compelled to walk over and tell Roo's mother that she was unfit to take care of her son. He did not like that Roo was wearing a tutu and kept telling him that his mother shouldn't be "making him" wear that. The entire Facebook post explains what happened once Jen called the police.
The stranger didn't even consider the possibility that Roo wanted to wear tutus, or that it was his right to. Instead he verbally accosted a mother in front of her own child due to his own biased thinking. Jen even said that the man took photos of Roo and told her that he would be contacting the authorities.
Lucky for Roo, his mom is a total superhuman who understands that clothing does not define a person, and that his preference in it is just that — a personal preference. The angry man was obviously from the wrong century. Maybe someone should remind him what year he's living in? Or maybe he should just instinctually know not to verbally harass a woman and her child?
The police arrived on the scene after Jen called them herself, and after hearing the entire story, they complimented Roo on his outfit choice. Now that's how you treat people! No one should be made to feel like they are less-than due to a disagreement over "gender appropriate" clothing. Roo looks awesome in a tutu and I hope he continues rocking that outfit as long as he deems it necessary. And to the man who had the nerve to yell at Jen — pick a different cause. Think before you speak and never come between a man and his tutu.
Images: Pixabay, Giphy (1)