Tia Mowry-Hardrict has been the focus of online criticism lately after she promoted feminine stereotypes in little boys in an article on Momtastic blog titled “Why Stereotypes Shouldn’t Exist.” In the post, Mowry-Hardrict defended a friend who allowed her young son to wear nail polish to school.
Tia criticized the school for calling the mother to pick up her son after he was bullied over his nail polish. She wrote: “Not only that, the teacher told him to take it off. And it’s like, okay, would you have done the same thing if it was a young girl who had on pink nail polish?”
Mowry-Hardrict’s Instagram followers blasted the mother-of-one for defending feminine stereotypes in boys.
SandraRose.com notes that one woman wrote, “It’s not a stereotype it’s the truth! Boys should not be wearing nail Polish period!” She added: “The real problem with the world today is that people like you are confusing our youth!”
Another follower chimed in: “I never understood why women try so hard to take masculinity from our sons, raise them to be whatever they want to be but not what God made them to be.”
Many of Tia’s followers agreed with the school’s decision to send the boy home, as the boy’s nail polish was a distraction to the learning environment.
Below is an excerpt from Tia’s post on Momtastic.
“People should be allowed to express themselves however they want to, so long as they’re not hurting anybody else, without being judged. For example, my son’s long hair is constantly criticized on Instagram. Recently, I posted a photo of Cree and my brother having a beautiful moment together (above) but instead of people focusing on the love between them, the whole conversation was about Cree’s hair. I ask Cree all the time whether he wants me to cut his hair and he’s like, ‘No, mommy, no!’ So I’m not going to cut it. Why are people so fixated on the gender stereotype of boys having short hair and girls having long hair? I think boys are affected by gender stereotypes more than girls are. If a girl is playing with a truck I don’t feel like there will be as big of an uproar as if a little boy is playing with a doll. I grew up dancing and if my son wanted to dance and sing I feel like it’s more accepted for a girl to be a ballerina and start dancing at a young age as opposed to a boy. It really, really bothers me.”
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Meanwhile, Mowry-Hardrict and her husband Cory Hardrict want to add to their family, which also includes 5-year-old son Cree Taylor. But the actress and author said there’s one problem standing in her way.
“I do suffer from endometriosis,” Mowry-Hardrict, 37, told PEOPLE at the 2016 BET Awards. “So there’s a little bit of a challenge there, but I will say this: I am working on my diet.”
She explains that her plan is to follow “a diet I do when I want to just clean myself out and get rid of inflammation in my body.” She also cites her upcoming cookbook, “A Whole New You,” as something that will help her do just that. According to Tia, “Endometriosis basically grows from inflammation.”
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