A father who goes by sixstringhook on reddit recently posted photos of an impressive DIY project he and his wife had undertaken for their son. After going to Goodwill and dropping $20 on the sort of entertainment center that has been ubiquitous in American homes for decades (but are becoming less popular due to flatscreens), sixstringhook created a home version of a play kitchen.
It's got a fridge, a chalkboard, a sink, an oven (with LED lights that glow red inside) and an electric range (also outfitted with red LED lights). It has more space than most New Yorkers' kitchens and it's nicer to boot. The only problem is that it was for a boy.
Even though the thread has since been cleaned up by reddit's moderators, before that happened there was a surge of not-even-macho-just-stupid hate towards sixstringhook and his wife for thinking they should indulge their son's love of being in the kitchen.
Apparently, even though the world's highest-paid and most famous chefs are all men, it's only OK for boys to cook if it's in an all-steel kitchen where everyone has cocaine and rage problems. Really, Internet? Eventually, sixstringhook had to reply, and did so in such fashion that his response went even more viral than his project (some NSFW language within):
Well, going off of comments I have received both online, and in person regarding my wife and I's decision to make our SON a kitchen playset and several "daughter" comments and "but he is a boy", let me be perfectly blunt.
Fuck you. Any time we go to our local science center, or to the children's museum, he always wants to play in the kitchen playset area. He always wants to watch us cook and likes being involved, so we thought this would be a good idea.
Furthermore, if my kid wanted a barbie doll i would get it for him. If that is what he wants, then that is what he wants. Its his decision what he wants to play with. Not mine.
EDIT So it seems like people are confused as to why I said this. Prior to this hitting front page, there were comments on the post that were extremely negative in regards to my wife and I making our son a kitchen playset. People called our 2 year old son a faggot, claimed that we were going to turn him gay, things like that. The majority of those comments were either deleted by the people who posted them, or were deleted by the moderators.
I want to thank everyone for the nice comments! My wife and I have enjoyed reading them and appreciate the support from everyone. We worked really hard on this and our son has really enjoyed playing with his new kitchen. Also, we plan on making him a toy workbench as well because he also enjoys playing with toy tools.
As far as my comment on if he wants to play with a barbie doll...again, let me stress this. HE IS 2. I have seen him get excited and play with a broom. Ya'll need to chill. Kids are going to play with what they want, and if you try to prevent them from doing something as harmless as playing with the toy they want to play with, they are going to end up resenting you.
Woah, that kid is two years old and already playing with kitchen stuff? I know there was a lot of other stuff in there but I suddenly felt inadequate thinking about how advanced my interests were at two years old. Anyway, good for this kid's parents.
Not only is gendering activities largely a stupid and retrograde practice—it's pointless. You can encourage your child's interests as they arrive or try to introduce them to new ones, but at the end of the day people go a lot further in life when they get to practice what they're interested in. Also, is anyone else really hungry now?
Here's the full DIY album from sixstringhook: