After David Pendragon, a man from North Carolina, found out his cousin's 10-year-old son, Ryker, was being bullied at school for using a lunchbox with kittens on it, he decided to do something about it. In a badass Facebook post, David explains that he bought the same lunchbox as Ryker and brought it to work with him to prove that there's no right way to be masculine.
"Ryker, who loves cats, was very excited to get his new lunchbox," wrote David. "Unfortunately because of its colors or because it has cats or both he was teased about it by other boys in his class. He even wanted to stop taking his lunch so he wouldn't be teased about it any longer."
And obviously, that didn't exactly sit well with David. He decided to show his support in the most flattering way — by totally coping Ryder's style.
"I have decided, however, to stand with my little cousin and show him that a man can love whatever he wants and not be afraid to express that love," he said. "So I have ordered the same lunchbox for myself and proudly carried it to work today at my large, conservative, corporate workplace. I've told anyone who asked the story behind my lunchbox and to a person, they all stand with Ryker, too."
David's post is a gentle reminder that men — or women, for that matter — don't have to like certain things or act a certain way because of their gender.
"There's no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful. I love my new lunchbox and I hope Ryker and all the other boys out there can see that their passion and self-expression is never something to be ashamed of."