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