Two excellent examples today to remind us that our notions of gender are not nearly as fixed as many people would like to pretend.
The first is an amazing profile of a Maine family in the Boston Globe, “Led by the child who simply knew.” Crying-at-work alert: You might do it. It’s the story of a little boy who, at age 4, asked “when do I get to be a girl?”
Wyatt (now Nicole)* has embarked on the hormone suppressing treatments that are just now being offered to transgender children. The story is doubly fascinating because Nicole is a twin, offering doctors a never before seen direct comparison of the effects of the treatment.
The second is the news that famously androgynous male model Andrej Pejic has been hired as a push-up bra model by Dutch brand Hema.
He’s the one, if you recall, who made headlines when his shirtless Dossier cover shot was blacked-out by Barnes and Noble, despite the fact that every other shirtless male model (on the cover of Men’s Health, etc.) was left unobscured. Why? Because he looked like this:
People like Pejic infuriate folks who want gender to be black and white (or male and female, as the case may be), because his clear comfort in gray area only highlights how extensive and accessible that gray area can become.
*See comment below. Great point. Had no intention of offending. Let’s keep in mind that many cis people have best intentions and are still learning the ropes on the most respectful language.
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