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National Geographic makes history

Not surprisingly religious conservatives are foaming at the mouth over this but other people are praising the classic magazine for recognizing an obvious reality: that our understanding of gender is evolving. We used to think that plumbing exclusively determined how someone identified which has been found to be a simplification.

Young 9 year old transgender girl Avery graces the cover.

Here is an excerpt:

"She has lived as an openly transgender girl since age 5, and she captured the complexity of the conversation around gender. Today, we're not only talking about gender roles for boys and girls—we're talking about our evolving understanding of people on the gender spectrum.

The portraits of all the children are beautiful. We especially loved the portrait of Avery—strong and proud. We thought that, in a glance, she summed up the concept of "Gender Revolution."

Like her, all of us carry labels applied by others. The complimentary ones—“generous,” “funny,” “smart”—are worn with pride. The harsh ones can be lifelong burdens, indictments we try desperately to outrun.

The most enduring label, and arguably the most influential, is the first one most of us got: “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” Though Sigmund Freud used the word “anatomy” in his famous axiom, in essence he meant that gender is destiny"


Except that I am not certain that young Avery would agree with Sigmund.


http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/01/editors-note-gender/




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  1. Good for you to highlight this. I tweeted about it a week ago and am looking forward to reading the issue. We need more visibility and social acceptance.

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