My cousin J has a son, M who is without a doubt one of the prettiest, sweetest mannered children ever. He is friendly, cuddly and due to his mother not wanting to cut his hair if she can avoid it, has long slightly curly hair. But its still pretty obvious he's a boy.
Some how he got the nickname "prissy boy" (I personally think it evolved from "Kissy Boy" because he at about four months started to become a kisser. He still greets people he loves with hugs and kisses. But his father says he thinks it came from "pretty boy" and he might be right too. the kid's been called both at times.) While I'm not sure what other people think when they hear the phrase, its never meant anything in our family, other than a boy who's a bit fussy over his looks, or M himself.
We were at a park and M was running around with a blue blanket held over his head like a hood. (Think little kid wrapped in a towel.) he was having a good time swooshing around and tumbling, and when the food was ready someone called the kids back and M didn't hear us at first, so I walked over to him and said "C'mere Prissy Boy, let me hold you." Which he did immediatly, squealing. (he lieks being carried around.)
Some woman lit into me about how I was a homophobe (
Have I missed something?) and terrible. She also made M start crying because he thought she was yelling at him. I ignored her but she followed me to our picnic table, and at that point another cousin told her she was out of line and needed to stay away from us. She huffed off.
So, is M's nickname offensive? Was this woman nuts? Both? J has commented that if the name is gonna set people off, maybe we should call him something else, but if not, we'd like to keep using it. M is used to it and seems pleased to be "special" to us.
If it matters, M is about six, and responds to "Prissy Boy" happily. Most of the little kids in the family get called nicknames, some others include "Chicken Girl", "Baby Bootsie" and "Toad"