J.Crew Ad Showing Boy With Pink Nail Polish Sparks Debate on Gender Identity

The ad you’re looking at above has caused quite a stir amongst some parents and doctors. The ad, which shows J.Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting her son’s toenails is enraging some people.

The image appeared in a feature called “Saturday With Jenna” and includes Jenna’s favorite products, including hot pink Essie nail polish. The caption reads “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

“This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity,” psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow wrote in a FoxNews.com Health column about the ad.

Media Research Center’s Erin Brown agreed, calling the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”

“Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow, Jenna’s indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future,” Brown wrote in an opinion piece Friday. “J.CREW, known for its tasteful and modest clothing, apparently does not mind exploiting Beckett behind the facade of liberal, transgendered identity politics.”

But Jo B. Paoletti, author of “Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America” told FoxNews.com she believes critics are overreacting.

“Lots of kids, say 7 and under, might ask their parents for something that would seem to be cross gender, and I think most parents, especially in the privacy of their own home might think, what’s the big deal?” Paoletti said.

J.Crew spokeswoman Margot Fooshee said the company had no comment on the ad. Jenna Lyons did not respond to direct requests for comment.

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