Category Archives: Gender complexity

Today’s ABC News

Today ABC News published an interview with Tim Snyder about being the father of a gender-nonconforming son. Now folks will always (always!) find something to quibble with about however gender expression gets presented, explained, or framed. But I think this … Continue reading

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Sign of the New Normal?

Number two on children’s author Kim Norman’s 5 Things I’ve Learned about Doing School Visits:  2. Even if the child posing a question has long, curly locks and a pink hair bow, I NEVER assume gender. Long-lashed boys with collar-length … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas Is for Everyone That Knows My Kid to Read This

Just in time for Christmas! Dr. Edgardo Menvielle gives all you parents of gender-nonconforming kids a clear, succinct, to-to-point explanation you can print out and stick right in your holiday cards! (I made a PDF version for your convenience at … Continue reading

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Going public

One blog-reader wrote me about her family’s Halloween experience this year, and it is SUCH a great story that I asked her to be a guest blogger for today. Here is her story: *** Last night, my 4-year-old son “went … Continue reading

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The Annual Halloween Dilemma

Several of you have written me asking me to write about Halloween costumes. I am just back from five days away at a conference (I will share some about my paper soon!) so I am behind at work, but wanted … Continue reading

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Why isn’t he dressed like a boy?

Shortly after my last post, I took my kids off on a trip to eastern Tennessee — our ultimate destination was a homecoming service at a church where my mother had been a child. But I didn’t figure I could … Continue reading

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Messing with my son about his outfit

Nils Pickert responds to the viral article about him wearing a skirt to support his son on this Huffington Post blog entry. The original article (which I mentioned here the end of August) garnered the usual mix of responses, from … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “My son, the cross-dresser”

Check out this op-ed from the Times of Israel, “My son, the cross-dresser.” The boy the author describes is a lot like my son – loves tractors and building things, and wants to play with trucks and build in a … Continue reading

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Study says highlighting gender leads to stereotypes

Parents with gender-fluid kids often work with schools, churches, and other institutions to use alternatives to gender for organizing kids in the classroom. Rather than dividing kids by boys and girls, use birth months or sneakers vs. sandals, or some … Continue reading

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Men in skirts

New Buzzfeed article (translated from German) about a dad who wears skirts in solidarity with his five year-old son.                 My favorite line is a toss up between: “You only don’t dare to … Continue reading

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