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Wonder Woman herself, actress Gal Gadot, sent an inspiring message to the mother of a five-year-old boy with a backpack of the heroine (replete with a crown).
In a piece on Romper, Katie Alicea, mom to five-year-old Isaac, wrote that when she took her son back-to-school shopping, the child knew immediately that he wanted the sequined Wonder Woman backpack.
"When we got home Isaac immediately put his backpack on along with the Wonder Woman crown and excitedly showed his dad and three-year-old brother, who also loved it," Alicea wrote. "The boys played Batman and Wonder Woman until bedtime."
Alicea, who wrote eloquently about Isaac smashing gender stereotypes and carving his own path, supported her son's choice. But she also expressed concern about how others would treat him, especially since the family recently moved from South Carolina to South Florida and her son had yet to create a new friend group:
"I admittedly have some fear for my sweet Isaac. For how the world can treat someone who doesn't easily fit into stereotypes or who blazes their own path instead of following everyone else. After he chose the Wonder Woman backpack, I asked if he was sure, not because the backpack bothered me, but because I imagined Isaac being made fun of at a new school when he has been so desperate to make new friends."
When Gal Gadot, who portrayed Wonder Woman in the 2017 box office smash, got wind of Alicea's moving story, she tweeted words of support for Isaac and his mom.
\u201cJust read this article about breaking gender stereotypes by Katie Alicea. Such an important topic and something I believe in so strongly. I hope Issac wore the crown and his WW backpack proudly to school.\u00a0\ud83d\ude45\ud83c\udffb\u200d\u2640\ufe0f#WonderBoy\u201d— Gal Gadot (@Gal Gadot) 1533643237
In her piece, Alicea discussed Isaac's affinity for dressing up in princess costumes as well as Batman. She used her son's fluidity as a launching point for deconstructing gender stereotypes.
"When we tell our boys that liking things that are stereotypically for women makes them somehow weaker or make fun of them for liking it, they begin to hear the message that women are weaker and less than," Alicea wrote. "If we are willing to pause and think about it, it really is quite silly to imagine that little children of all genders wouldn't like sparkly, colorful, shiny things."
"So why are we trying to get our boys to live in a muted world of blues, browns, and greens, where it's fine if they play with guns and trucks, but not with Barbies?" she continued.
At the close of her piece, for the sake of her son, Alicea committed to not allowing fear around what others may think to get the better of her.
"The truth is, if I start to worry about what the world thinks, Isaac will start to worry too and I don't want that," she wrote. "Isaac is a world-changer and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the coolest kid I know."