This story bothered me ever since I read it.
In a nutshell, a male-to-female transgender waitress was waiting on a family composed of a father, mother and young daughter. While the waitress was away from the table, the husband approached her and said, "My daughter just asked if you were a boy or a girl. I didn't want to speak for you so would you like to talk to her?" The waitress nervously agreed, went to the family's table and gave the daughter a little transgender education.
How does this qualify as a "stellar" parenting moment?
To go up to a stranger, assume that the stranger is transgender and ask the stranger to explain herself!
Rather than calling it a "stellar" parenting moment, I'd call it the height of rudeness.
Instead of putting the waitress on the spot, the father should have did his own parenting and told his daughter that the waitress may be a girl or may be a boy, but it was nobody's business except the waitress' business. Now that would have been a "stellar" parenting moment.
Instead, the story went viral and every civilian that knows about it thinks they have carte blanche to go up to anyone they suspect is transgender and interrogate them about being trans!
|Street style during fall fashion week in New York City, 2015.|
|Man and wife femulating and masculating, respectively, on Halloween.|