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This Dad’s Defense of His Son Getting His Nails Painted Goes Viral

"What you wear and how you look should make YOU look good. And to hell with everyone else."

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One Massachusetts dad named Aaron Gouveia is blowing up on Twitter after posting a viral rant in which he rails against the current culture of toxic masculinity and defends his five-year-old son’s right to paint his fingernails. Gouveia was inspired to go off when his son Sam came home from school crying after the other children made fun of him for having his nails painted.

The father of three noted that Sam is a real “boys boy,” as he’s “rough and tumble,” and loves dirt, but Gouveia also explained that he loves purses and to have his nails painted bright colors too. As he explained, in Sam’s mind, the nails just “look beautiful,” and as far as Gouveia is concerned, Sam should be able to be whoever he wants. But as his father, and most adults, know, not everyone is going to see it that way.

When my wife picked him up from school he collapsed into her arms and cried uncontrollably,” Gouveia Tweeted. “He was devastated at how other kids turned on him, even his friends. He asked them to stop but that just made it worse. Only 1 kid stood up for him.”

The most devastating part was the fact that Sam had been wearing his nails like that long before kindergarten and had never been made fun of in that way before. That’s because before being made fun of at school,  being different “never meant ‘bad.’” Gouveia didn’t waste any time putting other parents under the microscope for not teaching their kids to be more empathetic and accept superficial differences between people.

“I know these kids are only in kindergarten but this toxic masculinity bullshit is LEARNED. Learned most of the time from parents,” he wrote. “So parents, I hope you’re proud. I hope this is what you wanted. I hope you’re satisfied.”

Fortunately, now that his father’s tweetstorm has gone viral, Sam gets to see that not everyone is so intolerant. After the posts blem up, dozens of parents came out of the woodwork saying that their boys like getting their nails painted too.