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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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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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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Small Children “Performing” Gender

I haven’t forgotten that I’ve promised posts on “manly” therapy and more Bible thoughts, but this has risen to the top today. (Something was up with WordPress earlier this week and I couldn’t post anything.) If you find today’s topic … Continue reading

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Beyond Pink and Blue

If you’re interested in this topic of gender boxes and those who don’t live in them, you might want to check out the new Psychology Today blog, “Beyond Pink and Blue.” It’s written by Christia Spears Brown, Ph.D., who is … Continue reading

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. . . The Answer, of Course, Is Nothing

I’m a little giddy at having my blog quoted in the New York Times in Ruth Padawer’s article for the Sunday NY Times Magazine “What’s So Bad about a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress.” But I was taken … Continue reading

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