Victoria Beckham loves to share a slice of her everyday life with millions of her Instagram followers almost every day. Keeping the tradition going, the proud mum shared a photo to flaunt her daughter Harper's artistic skills.
On Monday, 18 December, the eminent British fashion designer spent some mum and daughter fun time and shared the adorable photo of a colourful sketch made by her youngest daughter. The sketch features a drawing of smiling girls wearing colourful dresses. The card also has a handwritten quote from the classic nursery rhyme "What are Little Boys Made Of?"
"Boys are made of slugs, snails, puppy dog tails. Girls are made of sugar, spice, all things nice," David Beckham's six-year-old daughter wrote. "Mummy and Harper having so much fun," the 43-year-old former Spice Girl member wrote.
However, keyboard warriors slammed the mother-of-four for promoting gender stereotype as the quote implies that boys have the freedom to be naughty and mischievous while girls are meant to stay nice and sweet.
One of Beckham's 16 million followers slammed the celebrity mum for her parenting skills and wrote: "Sugar and spice and all things nice, is not girl power, it's gender stereotyping and cultural rules that are telling girls what they are 'supposed' to be. So girls shouldn't be mischievous or act out, cause they are supposed to be sweet and nice. But it is ok for boys to do that because that is how they are born. It is crap and we really need to move away from such stereotypes that are harmful to our girls."
"Do you think that reinforcing gender stereotypes is fun," questioned another. Not a cool poem. This is where conditioning begins. I've always hated this poem. As much as I've hated the story of Bluebeard," another Instagram user wrote slamming Victoria.
Despite the backlash, the photo has garnered more than 96,000 likes and has received heaps of positive comments from people. Many thought the gender stereotyping debate over the drawing of a little girl was "disgraceful".
"A little girl being exactly that.... a little girl... this is beautiful all the negatives on this post are disgraceful... that's the problem with this world," a fan defended the sketch.
"I think her picture is adorable and ALL those people objecting are brain dead losers looking for attention. Pay them no mind Victoria, they're all fruitloops," added another.