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8/5 Discussion: Gender T Time!


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“Girl stuff.” “Boy stuff.”

“Girls wear pink.”

My niece, all of 5, explained to me her understanding of gender roles and that they should not be broken. When I told her that some boys wear pink, too, and that not all girls wore pink, she simply said, “Nooooooooo!” Clearly raising my vegan, feminist, gender-aware-but-not-too-worried little munchkin right is going to be hard in this landscape.

We (as a society and as a species) seem to put a lot of emphasis on gender and sex and are very pushy about using it to define people. To help remind us of this, just look at this Fox News report on a genderless baby, right down to the fact that there are quotes around “genderless.” Or look at how people trip up and call a transgender person by the wrong pronouns, even though s/h/ze may be dressed and made up exactly in accordance with their preferred gender role.

Come chat with us about your gender successes and failures, transphobia, and whether or not men have the right to wear capris tonight, Friday, August 6th at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Ave NW at 8:30 PM. For information on how to get in, check our “Weekly Discussions” page.

Oh, and be sure to check out this great video from the “Barbie Liberation Organization,” which helps put the ails of gender restrictions in a humorous light.