Media recommendations for a gender-nonconforming 3-year-old boy
January 27, 2014 3:44 PM Subscribe
I’m looking some age-appropriate media that will show my bright, sensitive 3 year old son (who seems to be more interested in all things femme every day) that his interests are okay. He has lots of female family members and friends who demonstrate to him that there are a million different ways of being a woman or a girl. But neither his dad nor I is feminine in the slightest, and most of the men in his life are uniformly masculine. I’d love it if he could see positive representations of boys and men in books and TV who have a wider variety of gender expressions.
posted by libraritarian to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I’m dreaming of something along the lines of a genderbent My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (which is, yes, one of his favorites), with a wide cast of characters with different personalities and interests and gender presentations. Does something like that exist?
I'm not terribly interested in "issues" books that are about gender identity; I'd just like some representation of boys who are interested in some of the same things that fascinate him.
He's got a very long attention span, and a pretty sophisticated grasp of how stories work, at least for his age, so longer picture books, books of stories without pictures, and more complex TV shows (without significant scary elements) are all fine.