Gender we intend to be.

Someone wrote…

Yesterday, a little kid pointed to me and said “Boy!” I love how toddlers can be more aware of the gender we intend to be. Most grown-ups pay more attention to the gender we’re supposed to be.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on July 27th, 2009 at 03:28 pm

Category: your voice 4 comments »

4 Responses to “Gender we intend to be.”

  1. another julian

    However sweet this may be, I think it has less to do with kids being hyper-aware and more about how kidlets' brains work.

    Up until the age of about 8, kids are mostly unable to comprehend "gender" the way that most adults think they should — they believe that a) gender is easily changeable (which is pretty awesome) and b) gender is based on mostly-aesthetic (socially-defined) secondary sex characteristics, such as hair length/style or clothing ("Dad has short hair, therefore all people with short hair are like Dad [men]").


    Sheik replied:

    I think that's why I miss being a kid. Gender was easy and if you messed up and someone got hurt, you said sorry like a big kid and it was all better. None of the bullshit drama that goes on now that I'm taller.


  2. LostTristian

    A six year old girl told me once last week the only girls in my house were her and her mother. XD


  3. lanthir

    Indeed! One of he happiest moments of my life was when a little kid called me "Mr. Bicycle Man" (^__^)


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