20/20 examines boys who play with girls' toys

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 21 2001 1:00 AM ET

On the Wednesday, November 21, edition of ABC's 20/20, correspondent Deborah Roberts takes a look at boys who prefer playing with dolls rather than with toys that are considered more traditionally masculine. Roberts meets four boys who are unaware of the "boy code" and speaks with them and their mothers about the obstacles of not appearing ultramasculine. "Most people like me are not exactly...they don't consider themselves a real boy," says Etienne Melese, 8, who would rather play with dolls than trucks and describes recess as "terrorizing." Trevor Langlois, 2, emulates his mother, Amanda, who says he doesn't realize he is not supposed to like dolls. Amanda says the family never gave it much thought until they stepped into a toy store. "They were looking at me like I had four heads," she tells Roberts. "Why would you buy your son a Barbie doll?" Parent Eulanda Corley has deliberately tried to redirect her son's interests toward masculine toys: "My deepest concern is that these traits may be a sign that Alex is going to be a homosexual, and I don't want to do anything that might encourage it. I'm going to love him regardless." 20/20 airs at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. (Check local listings.)

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