Zackary Bazen is your typical 3-year-old. He loves everything having to do with “Frozen,” so it came as no surprise when he wanted to wear his Elsa dress and gloves to school. Sadly, this choice was met with aggression–as another woman at the bus stop rudely asked why Zackary was dressed that way.
Zackary’s mom, Haylee, went to Facebook to talk about what happened, and why her son’s choice of attire is no one’s business:
“To the lady at the bus stop who felt the need to interrupt my conversation with my son.
I am NOT sorry you didn’t like how he was dressed nor am I sorry that you didn’t like our discussion topic of who our favorite Disney Princess is (Snow White obviously).
Zackary is my 3 year old son and he can be who he wants to be. Today he was a Disney princess and YES I did send him to school like that. Why??? Because that’s what he wanted to wear, because he wanted to show his teachers and friends his Elsa dress, because he wanted to sing ‘let it go’ for show and tell, because he doesn’t understand the gender stereotypes YOU think he should conform to, but most importantly because he is awesome!!
He plays with cars and dolls, princesses and pirates. He rides his scooter or pushes his pram. He wears zombie face painting or lip stick and if he choose to wear a dress he can!!
So next time you see us, dressed as a princess or cowboy, keep you disapproving stares to yourself and unless you want to tell him how great he looks keep your poisonous words to yourself too.
Your the one that should be embarrassed to leave the house not us!”
It’s important to teach kids that they can, and should, express themselves however they want–as long as it’s not hurting someone else. If anything, incidents like this one illustrate some people’s ignorance when it comes to gender norms and stereotypes. Because how can wearing a dress hurt anyone? That woman at the bus stop needs to let it go.