The Nature of Gender

Using the story of 8-year-old Brandon, The Atlantic discusses the nature of gender, and the issues of ‘treating’ gender identity disorder in children.

It took the gay-rights movement 30 years to shift from the Stonewall riots to gay marriage; now its transgender wing, long considered the most subversive, is striving for suburban normalcy too. The change is fuelled mostly by a community of parents who, like many parents of this generation, are open to letting even preschool children define their own needs.

I, somewhat prematurely, hope that as a parent I’ll strive to bestow gender-neutral toys on my child(ren) and attempt not to force gender roles on them.  ‘Til then I’m left pondering; is ‘gender’ a physical, psychological, or societal construct?

via Mind Hacks

1 thought on “The Nature of Gender

  1. jacky

    ..in a long way to take coscience of my own gender condition,i had enough time to analise transgender feelings.something actually inesplicable.but sone shure:the sofference..a never ending story with a dignitous way to accept the solution to give peace to a extrasensible perception of realty in order with what you feel inside..so when scientific and medical research finally will give the definitive answers.please treat trans people with lovely care…we want just live a life as human being not freaks…Thanks!your sincerelly jackie-trans.splinder..com

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