Brazilian actress Giselle Itiê wants to raise a boy who doesn’t have to carry the prejudices and gender stereotypes that plague older generations. Her way of doing this is to educate him from early in his childhood.
If one wants to get some perspective on how fast things have changed in the last decades, it isn’t necessary to go back to the last century and calculate the time between the first plane taking off and the moon landing. You just have to look back a couple of years and see how perspectives on gender identities have changed. When it comes to what is “appropriate” for boys and girls, the last five years have seen particularly huge changes.
That’s why many modern parents are trying to ride this wave, teaching their children to be different from a young age.
Giselle Itiê is one of them. The Brazilian actress, who has just become a mother, recently made the news because of her decision to raise her new son differently from the way she and her generation were. For this reason, in an interview, she said that her one-year-old son is already part of the revolution of what it means to be a man and a woman, or a boy and a girl.
This is why the mother announced that she makes sure her son plays with both toys for boys as well as those traditionally associated with girls.
This includes dolls. Since her baby is still very young, she hopes that the boy will not be aware of the differences between one toy and another, so that he will grow up free of the prejudices associated with one or the other. Of course, some people reacted negatively to her story, pointing out that she was imposing her own ideologies on a child who is not yet capable of discernment.
On the other hand, one could make the case that since Gisele is the mother, she’s free to impart the lessons she deems appropriate for her boy. In a way, it’s not unlike a parent choosing whether to raise her child to follow a certain religion or another.
“We have to value the feminine side of men. That’s why it’s important for fathers to nurture, to give dolls to boys, they have to understand how important it is to welcome, to breastfeed, to nurture another life. Children learn by example, that’s why I think Pedro Luna [one and a half years old] won’t be sexist. I want him to be free to be whoever he wants to be, without being blamed for it. As a white man, I hope he will take advantage of this privilege and be able to help other people.”
–Giselle Itiê forUniversa–
A modern woman, who does everything in her efforts to raise a good person.