Touchy because too many people believe in stereotyping and not enough people believe, like she does, in exploding stereotypes.
But classy or not, touchy or not, what she has written deserves much wider coverage and so...
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- ARCHANA ABRAHAM: I don't have a son but I'd like to believe that if I did, I'd have the same attitude towards raising him as my firecracker of a friend Sanaa A'esha.
- ASHWIN SHANKER: Very well-written. I was thinking on the same lines as well... I always wonder: Why can't boys cry? Why is it cowardly to run away when you sense danger? Why can't men who cook be seen as 'cool'?
- ELVINA DAVIS: Banishing gender stereotypes by encouraging one sparkly clip at a time. Penned by my friend and the coolest supermom I know, Sanaa A'esha.
- DAVID D'SOUZA: A mother's angst crafted well.
- PAROMITA CHAKRABORTY: So brilliantly written... I agree with every word. Raising girls to be strong and 'manly' will not help... Unless boys are taught to stop acting tough. Sharing.
- MRIDULA SWAMY: It's all this and more... I never realised the intense pressure I'd face bringing up two boys... or having to explain and justify your actions to everyone. I was a tomboy and did nothing "girly" except Bharatanatyam in my childhood, and no one found that odd 30 years ago. But even now there are such archaic notions around raising boys.
- ANN THOMAS: My
son loves pink, chooses a Barbie brush over the others and wants to
style his sister's doll. I know that look of "What are you doing to
the child?" so well. Oh, and I did get him a kitchen set when he was two
and if he asks me for a Barbie, I will if I could. Cheers to you!