It’s OK that Victoria Beckham Encourages Her Daughter To Be Girly
12:02 pm, May 26th | by Lilly ODonnell
After British gossip mag Closer Magazine reported that Victoria Beckham enrolled her daughter in ballet class to lessen the influence of her three older brothers, The Guardian‘s Dawn Foster wrote something of a tomboy manifesto, basically accusing the celebrity mom of trying to force gender stereotypes on her daughter.
Now, if little Harper were begging to play football and being forced to do ballet instead, we might all have something to be outraged about. But there’s nothing wrong with providing a little girl with the opportunity to be girly. Foster’s absolutely right that there’s nothing wrong with being a tomboy, but there’s also nothing wrong with being a girly girl — and with three older brothers, the Beckham baby will likely have plenty of exposure to rough and tumble games.
Maybe Posh Spice was just taking care to ensure that her only daughter develops a strong feminine identity, and is aware that there are options available to her other than being “one of the boys.”
And then there’s the fact that doing “girly” things like dancing or playing dress up doesn’t mean that a girl can’t also be tough. I’m not privy to the inner workings of the Beckham household, but as far as I’m aware Harper Seven hasn’t been forbidden from playing with her brothers or forced to play with dolls.