A mother who lets her son dress in “princess dresses” has complained about the prejudice she faces.
Mum-of-three Danielle Carver Folkner, 34, said her three-year-old son Jameson has always gravitated to his two elder sisters’ clothing when dressing himself.
"Jameson has two big sisters that are very girly and he likes to do whatever they do,” she said. "He has worn many a princess dresses and his favourite item of clothing was a girl’s nightgown that he has just now outgrown.”
Seeing her son’s reaction to the clothing, Carver Folkner, a stay-at-home mum, has always allowed her son to wear dresses if he chooses to.
"I’ve always been a big believer in letting kids have some creative freedom and self expression, “ she explained, adding that Jameson “goes fairly seamlessly between 'boy' and 'girl' clothes.”
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One day Jameson will be wearing jeans and a T-shirt, another day he’ll choose to wear a dress, according to his mum.
Jameson has also decided to go as Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 for Halloween.
"He has been a huge Toy Story fan since he was real little.
"Everything had to be Buzz Lightyear and Woody, but after seeing Toy Story 4, he just developed this fascination with Bo Peep.
"When discussing Halloween costumes this year, I mentioned doing Toy Story again as we did it last year and he alternated between Buzz and Woody.
"I asked Jameson who he wanted to be and he instantly said “I Bo Peep!”
However, not everyone shares Carver Folkner’s open-minded attitude.
"He has been out in girls clothes too many times for me to count and I continue to receive rude comments and stares,” she said. "One day Jameson was wearing the purple dress in the photo and I was told that me allowing him to wear a dress is what’s wrong with the world. Another person asked me if i was trying to make him gay by letting him wear girls clothes.”
Despite this, she maintained: "There are many battles I will have with my children in life - my son wearing a princess dress is not my biggest issue.”