The new Old Navy gay pride shirts caused quite a stir last week and I've been searching for them since their supposed launch date (yesterday), but have yet to see them listed on their site.
If you haven't seen the new Love Proudly line, they're pretty cute rainbow shirts for kids and adults, with 10% of the proceeds going to support the It Gets Better Project.
The opinions about the shirts that I've seen have been pretty supportive, save the few comments that subtly disapprove of the LGBT community. My favorites, though, are how it's inappropriate as parents to use our kids to further our political agendas by wearing a rainbow shirt.
But really, what kids aren't part of furthering their parents' own beliefs?
It's no different than when they wear a cross necklace or ride in a car with a fish on it.
And it's not just religion.
It's all the lessons, values, and morals that we think are important that we proselytize to our children.
It's called "parenting."
And in my world, it's impossible to separate politics from parenting. We make the best choices we can for our kids based on our own experiences.
We might discover that our choices are wrong completely or that they might just be wrong for them. It'll be up to our kids to decide, experience the world, and form their own opinions.
And hate us for the rest of their lives.
But I'm their mother, which means it's my job to educate them about why we choose what we do for our family.
After spending years trying to explain why other people believe in certain things, hoping to give my kids a veritable buffet of choices, let's say for religion, for example, I've realized that it's okay, even healthy, to have a strong belief system in one thing and not another.
It's okay to say "this is what our family values" and in the next breath "and other families might not value the same thing."
And "Boy are they idiots."
Putting the Old Navy rainbow shirt on my kids is my choice. It's something that I believe in.
I see this as a teaching moment - an opportunity to begin what will be a lifelong discussion about differences and acceptance.
And I'm more than happy to explain why I think these shirts are cool, as well as why my girls will never be wearing the "Looking for my Prince Charming" shirt on the next rack over.