Am I right in giving "Dress Up" a dressing-down?
June 13, 2012 10:35 AM Subscribe
My wife wants our daughter to have a makeover party for her 8th birthday. Manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and all that. Am I being overly-sensitive in thinking it's a bad idea?
posted by ColdChef to Society & Culture (97 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
To me, playing dress-up is one thing. It's fun to put on costumes and pretend, and I'm all for that. But "Beauty Shop" play is not something I want to encourage. It seems anti-feminist. All the emphasis is on glamour and beauty and I think that's the wrong message to send to girls her age. Plus, it excludes boys from her party.
My opinion is that she's got the rest of her life to play at being a grownup lady, she should remain child-like as long as she can. That means parties that are centered around fun and play and not "adult" things like makeovers and looks. Also: parents of young girls: would you be hesitant to let them go to a party that was so "beauty" oriented?
Am I over-thinking this?