A father was faced with a quandary this week: where to find the Hulk princess cake his twin four-year-olds were requesting for their birthday. He did what any inspired parent would do, and made one himself. He posted the awesome result to Reddit:
As a mother of a two-year-old girl who is waffling between being either the Little Mermaid or the Incredible Hulk for Halloween – I fully appreciate this cake.
The coolest thing happened when the dad posted the picture to Reddit: people started to share their own childhood memories of really wanting an item that was considered too girly or too boyish and being denied that item. The comment thread turned into a giant show of support for people to follow their dreams – and even correct the pain they may have felt as a child as a result of being denied the thing they really wanted.
“I’m a 25 year old male and just recently I painted my toenails with purple and blue sparkly glitter nail Polish.
I love it.
Follow your dreams.”
One commenter told a story of choosing a pink hula hoop when he was out shopping with his dad as a child and being told to get “any one but pink.” One person replied, “Get your ass to Walmart and buy yourself a pink hula hoop! You’re an adult now, dammit! It’s time to eat cake for breakfast, get drunk for lunch, and hula a pink hoop for dinner!”
It’s sobering to see a string of adults still remembering being denied something simply because of some gendered association the item may have. It’s a good reminder that if we don’t have an excuse for it, maybe it’s a ridiculous rule. You can’t have it because it’s pink and you’re a boy. What kind of sense does that make?
Long live the Princess Hulk cake and what it represents: kids are kids. Let them express themselves and like what they like. And if you’re an awesome parent like this dad, you may inspire a ton of adults to go out and buy that pink hula hoop they always wanted.