On Saturday, a clown/children's entertainer named S. S. Markarian (according to Distractify) from Los Angeles tweeted a story about the danger of gender stereotypes, and how often young boys are socialized to like violence instead of beauty. Her story, told in a series of threaded tweets, starts with a picnic where she was painting kids' faces.
It starts young. And it's more than just letting boys play with guns, it's how we shame them for feeling anything that isn't anger.— Sanduhruh (@boguspress) August 12, 2017
A 4yo boy asked me to paint a blue butterfly on his face. Then his mom told me "no, he doesn't want that."— Sanduhruh (@boguspress) August 12, 2017
A four-year-old boy asked for a blue butterfly to be painted on his face, but his mom was having no part of that, telling Markarian, "No, he doesn't want that," adding, "Give him something for boys."