Tag Archives: Gender

Blast from the Past

Since I mentioned in my last post how news coverage of gender expression has changed recently, I just had to share this “blast from the past” that my father found going through old papers yesterday. It’s good to remember that … Continue reading

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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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The Olden Days

Jo Paoletti’s great slideslow of shower cards for new babies, 1915-1957 It is fun and instructive to go back in time and look at how gendered choices for children have changed over time. For some reason, this photo of FDR … 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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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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. . . 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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Get your meanings off my son

I spent the summer reflecting on the way our society rushes to meaning — our political dialogues are pre-constructed with two or three possible narratives and it often seems our only choice is to pick which one to espouse. We … Continue reading

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