This Just In: Superhero-Themed Birthday Parties Aren’t for Girls
By Brooklyn Magazine
And here we are again, discussing bad parenting in New York City. This time, a parent wrote into The TimesSocial Qs column asking how to handle a scenario in which their daughter received a save the date for a superhero-themed party being thrown for a boy’s fifth birthday. (Red flag #1: a save the date for a 5-year-old’s birthday. Something’s off with these people.) Shortly thereafter, the invitation was retracted, as now the party was exclusively for boys because of its theme. As a consolation prize, the daughter was invited to a separate party for the birthday boy, this one just for girls.
I realize that in the grand scheme of bad parenting, which can scrape bottom of the barrel on the human decency scale, this might not be the issue to elicit the most disgusted reaction, but the sheer absurdity of it seems worth noting. The fact that in 2013, in a supposedly liberal city, there are people who feel that birthday parties need to be separated by gender makes this feel like an alterna-universe. So chew on that this Monday morning…