Legends of Lawndale mentorship program on Chicago's West Side is showing teen boys that they can be more than the tired stereotypes of masculinity. Dedicated coaches help boys learn to process their emotions and understand the impact that trauma has on behavior.
Though gender stereotypes are decidedly less relevant in 2019, the kids clothing world remains hyper-gendered — and local fashion designer and mom Melissa Serpico Kamhout is out to change that. “My son loves bright colors and my daughter was starting to think that it wasn’t right for him to wear them,” Serpico Kamhout said. “They were really kind of reading into gender stereotypes from a young age.”
“It was an insensitive, inside joke only meant for my partner. It was an insensitive comment, I realize that. It was a racist comment, I realize that …I had no racist intentions. I’m not racist, I’m certainly not sexist.”