Actor Liev Schreiber garnered attention online for letting his youngest son attend San Diego Comic-Con wearing Batman villain Harley Quinn’s costume.
Schreiber took his two sons, Sasha and Kai, to the event, and both children wore costumes. Sasha, 9, wore a Jedi costume and 8-year-old Kai dressed as Harley Quinn, the female villain portrayed by Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad,” Yahoo reported.
Comic-Con, a popular event for cosplay, allows fans to dress as their favorite characters from film, TV, comics and games.
Kai was pictured wearing makeup and ripped fishnet tights, along with a red and blue jacket and shorts ensemble. The boy also had pink and purple hair in long pigtails.
After photos of the dad and son pair went viral on social media, users commented to praise Schreiber for being an “awesome dad,” Attn reported.
“I wish he was my dad!” one user wrote. “I would be able to release my inner Sailor Moon that way,” the commenter added, referring to the female anime character.
“He looks amazing,” another user added. “Costume on point. My edges are snatched. This is what good parenting looks like.”
“I knew there was a reason why I liked this guy,” another tweeted. “What an awesome dad and human being.”
“Wouldn’t it be awesome if all parents were more like [Liev Schreiber],” another commented.
Other users, however, took issue with Schreiber allowing his son to dress in female clothing.
“Cosplaying as a female character is one thing,” one user wrote. “Wearing a slutty outfit of a movie character that isn’t age appropriate is another thing!”
“I wonder if he would say the same if his son was 16 and wear that to school,” another added.
Studies have reportedly shown that it can be harmful to make children follow strict binary gender roles.
“Usually we think of gender as biological, but it’s not,” said Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira of the Center for the Study of Women and Gender. “We actually construct it in ways that have problematic and largely unacknowledged health risks.”
Pereira spoke about a study on 14-year-olds and gender roles.
“Even girls who enjoyed sports often avoided physical activity at school because they assumed it wouldn’t be a feminine thing to do, they worried they might look unattractive while running, or they were mocked by their male peers for not being good enough. The girls also put themselves on diets because they believed desirable women have to be skinny.” The boys engaged in “low-level violence” to seem more masculine.
“This constant effort to manage one’s everyday life in line with gender norms produces significant anxiety, insecurity, stress and low self-esteem for both boys and girls, and both for ‘popular’ young people and those who have lower status in school,” Pereira concluded.