While Elisabeth Hasselbeck is off on maternity leave, Sherri Shephard is The View‘s lone resident conservative and on yesterday’s episode of the hen house peck fest, guest Melina Kanakaredes brought up a rather innocent topic which led to a whole discussion about transgender teens. Kanakaredes said her young son was playing an imagination dress up game at his preschool recently and wanted to wear a dress — she expressed that this wasn’t something she had a problem with at all and was glad the teacher didn’t make an issue out of it either. Shephard felt very differently, asserting that she would have told the teacher to not allow him to do such a thing because “dresses are for girls not boys.” Barbara Walters was right to point out that a toddler playing make believe is a far cry from a teenage boy dressing in drag every day (something that might warrant a son-parent conversation), but Shephard was unrelenting in her opinion. But where do you stand? Do you think that there’s any harm in kids innocently experimenting with gender roles during playtime? And doesn’t this prove that gender roles in general are just learned behavior anyway? Letting your 3 year old son wear a skirt isn’t going to make him gay, but even if it did, would that be such a disaster? Weigh in with your opinion in the comments.