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04/28/2010

Clap your hands and say 'I believe in guy fairies'

by Jeremy Hooper

This gay (as in happy) news from Salon (s in the media outlet):

Today, after school, girls across the land will log on to Pixie Hollow, one of Disney's most popular Web sites, and become boys. Not just boys. Fairies who are boys.Md Horiz-1

Tinker Bell and her mischievous crew of fluttery scamps have been familiar to little girls – and their parents – ever since Disney rolled out the fairy franchise in the mid 2000s. They're a clever way of keeping girls who've outgrown the whole princess thing locked in the Mouse's clutches a little longer, and the closest thing Disney has to Bratz. And from the day the company launched its online community Pixiehollow.com in 2008, kids have been able to reinvent themselves as their own sparkly fairy avatars – as long as those avatars were girls.
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So it was a pleasant surprise this week when Pixie Hollow publicist Sweet Pea announced to the community that it was welcoming a new member. His name is Slate -- and he's the joint's first guy.
*KEEP READING: Tinker ... bill? Disney fairies get a sex change: At long last, boys come to Pixie Hollow -- and that's a win for kids of both genders [Salon]

As a kid, I would have *loved* this. And not because I knew I was gay from a very young age, but rather because I loved fantasy and dress up and flying and boys with lithe delicate features who wanted to explore it all.

As an adult, I will love this. And not because I know some anti-gay conservatives are likely going to freak, but rather because so many young'uns will now lose themselves in this sweet new bliss of fairy goodness, joyously unaware of the outpaced belief that outmoded gender roles should put any limitations on their spritely imaginations.

A fresh new Slate, indeed.

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