I tell ya…I could do a search term entry every day. It’s hard narrowing it down to just one a week. But this week’s winner is a real doozy:
“taking crossdressed son for a perm”
First, to the searcher, you have my respect for being so open minded. Many parents would be quite uncomfortable with the idea that their offspring liked to dress as the opposite sex…so it takes someone quite progressive to take said child out for a day of beauty.
Now, I’m not at all sure what this searcher was looking for. A support group for other parents facing a gender-bending beauty dilemma? A salon that specialized in hairdo’s for Show Girls? But I suspect that the parent in question was simply feeling some anxiety over the prospect of taking little Johnny into the Pretty Parlor for his first perm.
So, first of all, you needn’t worry about the staff at the salon. If they got through beauty school, this will hardly be their first experience with someone who doesn’t exactly fit the normal standards of gender identity. The other patrons might turn their heads, but if Johnny is getting a perm, I must assume he spends a good deal of his life dressed as a girl and so he is used to the stares of incredulity. They don’t bother him, so don’t let them bother you.
But I would be remiss if I didn’t question the wisdom of a perm. A few flips through the pages of current fashion blogs doesn’t show me many models sporting permanent curls. Unless your son is over the age of 70, I have to wonder if a perm is really what he should go for. But, then again, he clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, and no one will ever accuse me of being a fashionista.