Last year after Halloween I read about a woman who was pretty much Salem Witch Trialed for letting her son wear a Daphne costume (from Scooby Doo) for his costume. (http://nerdyapplebottom.com/2010/11/02/my-son-is-gay/)
Having a nearly five-year old son brings this all up to me again. Why are parents so damned scared of what other people think? Who appointed the other parents as the costume police for anybody else's kid? He's not going to "catch the gay" from wearing a girl costume. He won't become a cross-dresser, and it certainly doesn't mean he's transgendered. Even so, would any of those things be so bad in the grand scheme???
My own husband would probably fall into the same bunch of bigots that would pass judgment onto some innocent little kid trying to be a kid. Such parents can't seem to look inward at what caused them to worry so much about what other people think. Such parenting is what leads to kids bullying others in school for being different.
Americans are such a judgmental lot. No wonder we have such an international reputation of being ugly self-absorbed ass hats. For fuck's sake, people, put it in perspective. I think Daphne and the Mystery crew would say the same thing.