The rainbow wall of wigs in my son Harry’s bedroom is definitely an eye-catcher. But it was the poster hanging above that furry cascade that seized my attention at his apartment in Bushwick last Saturday.
“That poster is so cool!” I told him.
“That poster should be in every classroom,” he replied.
I turned to read it again.
I flashed on Harry’s E-Z-Bake oven. The only batter he’d ever cared about was chocolate. And I knew the singular illustration rang true for him, too.
“You’re right,” I agreed. “It really should be. Where did you get it?”
“In Milwaukee, but I’ve seen it online. I’ll send you a link.”
There was an email from him when I got home. So now I get to share a link to the poster with you. And here’s the best part. There’s a free, downloadable hi-res PDF. And for only three bucks, 25 posters can land in any school or place where adults have the opportunity to enlighten kids on gender expression. Let’s see, how many schools in my neighborhood?
And the back of the poster is filled with bonus material. There are sweet little drawings and a smart list of questions to stimulate thought and discussion, like “What would the world look like without gender?” and “Do you feel forced to act in a certain way because of gender?”
Thank you, CrimethInc, for creating the poster. And authors Jacinta Bunnell and Irit Reinheimer deserve props for writing Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls, the coloring book that inspired the poster.
The poster is not just for kids either. For every child who wishes freedom in gender expression, there’s an adult who expects a rigid gender stereotype. But, you and me, we’re opening doors for those kids, and windows for those adults. It’s happening, people.