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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.

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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."

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The mom even got the kid's father involved, asking him, "Do you want your son to have a butterfly on his face?"

Markarian ended up painting a skull and crossbones on the little boy's face, but when she finished, she asked him if he still wanted a little blue butterfly, too.

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The boy nodded, but his mother once again put her foot down. Dang, what does this woman have against boys and butterflies?!

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On Twitter, Markarian pointed out how sad it is that the little boy was made to feel bad just for wanting something as "miraculous and beautiful" as a butterfly.

She added that she sees this sort of thing all time, and that it happens to boys way more than it does to girls, because "being a tomboy is slightly more normalized."

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If a girl wants something like a shark or a skull painted on her face, no big deal, because, as Markarian explains so perfectly, "maleness and masculinity isn't a sin." But the same isn't always true for femininity.

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Basically, what it comes down to, Markarian writes, is that we as a country are teaching boys that "anger and violence" are fine, whereas "beauty and elegance" are "shameful."

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The clown ends by saying, "So the next time you are incredulous about how the govt could shut down our national parks, or build the pipeline, or nuke the planet…Think about what this four year old boy asked for [a butterfly] and what he got [a skull]."

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Oh, and just to make things a little bit worse:

The kid's mom complained to Markarian's boss. Because how dare a clown try to make a little kid happy.