On the surface, it seems like common sense that anyone has the potential to be a formidable opponent in a given situation. Whether we’re talking about sports, or intellectual sparring, or an actual physical altercation, people have the ability to surprise you – a fact that’s perfectly illustrated by this thread on Tumblr.
This probably goes double – or more – when it comes to attempting to make assumptions about, or pigeonhole people based on their gender preference, or how the embody their chosen gender on any given day.
Which is to say, just because a boy plays with dolls, it would be silly to assume he couldn’t still punch you in the nose (and the same goes for a little girl, of course).
This mom kicked off this thread with a post that took a bit of a twist – at first when her son asks for a Barbie doll she refuses…but only because she’s going to buy him a bunch of Barbie dolls online because it’s a better deal.
People loved it, patting her on her back for her stellar parenting decisions.
Someone else related an instance of seeing a woman berate her son for picking a Barbie doll instead of a toy truck, and OP laughingly said that if someone threw both things at her, she might realize a Barbie doll would hurt less.
Which led to a story about a knight at the Renaissance Faire, and a mother who told her daughter the ring and the swords “were for boys.”
The female playing the knight made the little girl’s day when she said that anyone could be a fighter if they wanted to be.
Another story about knights and Renaissance Faire and little girls being completely fierce, and it’s pretty amazing.
The pinker the dress, the fiercer the girl.
Keep flexing, little lady.
Karate teachers chimed in about how much better little girls were than boys when it came to fighting – even if they didn’t really even care.
Oh, and little girls throw axes and have the certificates to prove it. They don’t need no stinking tinsel.
Consider this thread your reminder (if you needed it) that you absolutely can’t judge a book by it’s cover.
And also your reminder to keep an eye on the little girls in your life – they’re definitely going to change the world one day, but for now you might want to sleep with one eye open.