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Liev Schreiber And Son Praised For Defying Gender Norms (Photos)

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Actor Liev Schreiber is gaining attention online for letting his youngest son attend San Diego Comic-Con wearing Batman villain Harley Quinn's costume.

Liev took his two sons, Sasha and Kai, to the event, and both children wore costumes. Sasha, 9, wore a Jedi costume and Kai, 8, dressed as Harley Quinn, the female villain recently portrayed by Margot Robbie in "Suicide Squad," according to Yahoo.

Comic-Con is a hotspot for cosplay, where fans dress as their favorite characters from film, TV, comics and games.

Kai wore makeup and ripped fishnet tights, along with a red and blue jacket and shorts ensemble. He 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 Liev for being an "awesome dad," according to Attn.

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"I wish he was my dad!" wrote one user. "I would be able to release my inner Sailor Moon that way," the commenter added, referring to the female anime character.

"He looks amazing," added another user. "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," tweeted another. "What an awesome dad and human being."

"Wouldn't it be awesome if all parents were more like [Liev Schreiber]," said another.

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Other users took issue with Liev allowing his son to dress in female clothing.

"Cosplaying as a female character is one thing," wrote one user. "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," tweeted another.

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 the Center for the Study of Women and Gender's Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira. "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, saying, "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," and that the boys would engage 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," concluded Pereira.

Sources: Attn, Yahoo / Photo credit: Pixabay, Phamous via Sandra Rose, Just Jared via Gossip Rocks

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