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French Ad for McDonald's

Found on Good As You

I subscribe to Guideposts, a magazine that caters to an older, religious-based readership. I recently read an article written by a tennis player who talked about how his father influenced his life. Included in the article was a photo of him with his parents. They were an interracial couple. No mention was made of this.

I hope I live to see the day when they print an article showing a picture of a family with two moms or two dads, and there is no fanfare. It's just another family.


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Jun. 1st, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the ad, which is so cute and understated.

Last night I was talking to another parent, saying my son was not yet interested in girls, and was his son? They are the same age, 13 and a half.

I realized...how cld I say something similar without assuming in the convo that it is GIRLS the boys wld be interested in? I would guess my son is het, but who knows.

I cld say: Is your son interested in romance yet? or something like that, I guess.
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
It's tough trying to be "politically correct" sometimes. I think it's natural to default to the most likely scenario, unless the gaydar is really going off.

I don't have any kids, but it seems that 13 is still iffy for boys to take interest in romance. Some mature faster than others, of course, but as I recall, the girls grow both physically and emotionally sooner than boys.

I have three brothers, but I remember that Don had lots of girl friends - not girlfriends - growing up. One indication that he was different.

See queen_mamidala's post below. She meant to reply to you. Someone with more experience than me. ;)
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oops! I sure did reply in the wrong spot.
Jun. 1st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hi! Hope you don't mind me jumping in.

I have a 10 year old and a 19 year old so I have done this and am going through it again. I find that at times I assume the hetero way and will state the opposite gender. (I am past this with my daughter (19) but am finding the same pattern with my son (10) now.) But I try to be very mindful to my son and to my niece and nephew to say things generic like you said about romance.

I often tell my son "You are going to make someone very happy." or "Whoever you love will be so lucky." Occasionally I slip and say "Some fortunate girl will be happy to have you." I think that's just because it's an instinct to assume that our children will be part of the general population of heterosexuals because the numbers are just statistically stacked that way. (My son is actually very interested in girls but I just feel the need to stay open incase it ever changes.)

I am pretty sure my nephew is gay. His father is a real homophobe and often rips my nephew apart verbally for any tendencies at all (my nephew is 13). I express openly that I will love all the kids no matter who they date or marry.

Generic, gender neutral statements are good, but they are often easy to overlook. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes my tongue fails me.
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
It's too bad about your nephew's father. I wonder if he suspects, and is trying to "fix" the problem. ;P
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure he is trying to shame him into liking girls. I keep telling him it won't work that way but he doesn't listen to me. I asked him once if he lashes out so hard because he has his own unexpressed homosexual desires. His answer? "I'm nailing your sister, not your brother." He is a pig.

I have called my nephew aside privately (and I have done it publically in front of his father as well, but when his dad is around he just kinda laughs me off - I don't blame him) and told him no matter who he loves I will support him. He just pats me on the shoulder with a big smile, "It's okay Auntie DJ, I got this." I love that kid.
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Your nephew sounds like a cool kid.

I would not like to know your BIL. Only one so insecure in his own sexuality and masculinity would act like such a tool. I feel sorry for your sister.
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, that commercial was adorable! Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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