Would you let your son dress like a princess?

While lying in bed with the boyfriend, I stumble across a Facebook friend's link to a story about the "Princess Boy" and his amazing family. Immediately, the television show Criminal Minds goes mute and we begin to listen intensely to what this little boy in a dress has to say.

Cheryl Kilodavis and her 5-year-old son Dyson, who calls himself "Princess Boy," were on the Today show recently, and Dyson wore his favorite color: Pink. He spun around in his tutu freely, drew pictures in a sparkly pink shirt next to his older brother and told the Today Show Anchor Meredith Vieira that he wears girl clothes because "it makes me feel happy!"

I nearly teared up a bit. This 5-year-old boy has this much courage to go against society and do what he feels is the right thing to do....it's truly moving.

His mother, Cheryl Kilodavis, is the author of the children's book "My Princess Boy," and says she wrote it as a way to settle her unease about her youngest boy acting outside of the traditions of his gender. The children's book, an androgynous figure without a face, in a pink dress looking similar to Dyson dancing on the front, was picked up by Simon & Schuster and has become a big hit since.

This story comes at a time when gender roles and being gay have been both scrutinized and discussed a lot.

Dyson and the book are, fortunately, being well-received, and even the father appears to be very much on board - which definitely surprised me - It seems that extreme courage runs in this family. I think one of the most heartwarming moments in the clip below is when Dyson's father notes, "it's not contagious." It was at that moment, me and the boyfriend just fell in love with this family. That statement really pinpoints that this family is genuinely behind their son.

Their is no doubt that Kilodavis and her book, My Princess Boy, are doing some important work: they're teaching the world what true acceptance really means.

Dyson is adorable, and we are 100% Team Dyson. Without a doubt, Dyson and his family are definitely some of my favorite people, thus far, in 2011. They embody what I feel is true progression in the world.

But, Dyson does helps pose a new question for a new year, does gender even exist anymore?

Way to go, Dyson! I applaud you!


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  • Love it. I remember, when my son was young, my mother- and father-in-law told him he "boys don't like pink." After they left, I told him he can like any damn color he wants to like.

    So, yes, I would let my son dress up like a princess, just as I would allow my girls to dress up as Buzz Lightyear. They (the girls and my son) used to come grocery shopping in the craziest dress-up outfits...Teletubbies, their Easter dresses in June, Madeline, firefighters, you name it.

    It's great these parents are letting their kid be himself.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Thanks for checking out the story, Jackie!! These parents are amazing... and, so is Dyson!

  • How revolting! Leave it to a duma** white mother to let her kids act like pansies. Hopefully Dyson grows a pair soon and mans up!

  • In reply to daruthless:

    He's five years old, you jackwagon.

  • In reply to JenniSpinner:

    Word of the day: Jackwagon. I'll be using this a lot, especially when people are acting like total jackwagons.

  • In reply to daruthless:

    Thanks for the comment, jackwagon!

  • LOVE this story and yes, I AM TEAM DYSON ALL THE WAY!!!!

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    Thanks for checking out the story, LaShonda! This is a great story!! We need to make some "Team Dyson" T-Shirts!

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    It is perfectly natural for children to try on different roles during their childhood. They dress up like superheros, old west characters, police officers, and whatever else that catches their fancy. Including characters of different genders.

    The only people who could possible have a problem with a child acting outside what they consider "normal" are people who have some insecurity about their own gender affiliation -- they're somehow feeling like they aren't living up to what they think they are expected to be.

    I feel sorry for those people. They're missing out on their true happiness, and they'll never be able to understand that.

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    I am totally Team Dyson! I love seeing stories like this. And to Bobby up there. Children do not see things the way adults do. Seeing the world in specific gender stereotypes is a learned behavior. That is why a little boy will pick up a purse or doll (or a little girl will pick up a car or a hammer) and play with it without even thinking twice about it. That is until someone tells him (or her) that they shouldn

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  • In reply to Julli Roxen:

    Sorry for the delay, julliroxen! You are very kind. Thank you.

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