Maternal masculinity

Tree wrote…

The more I spend time with children, the more I realize that my maternal nature has nothing to do with my gender. I now know that I can still be someone’s mother without sacrificing my masculinity. I like that freedom.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on May 27th, 2011 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 3 comments »

3 Responses to “Maternal masculinity”

  1. Courage

    I love how perceptive children are to gender! I’ve gotten into arguments with my family over their insistence on calling me “auntie” in front of my 3-year-old niece, and the ONLY one who actually respects that is my niece herself. She also refers to me as “he,” to my family’s anguish. I don’t know how long her gender insights will last, though, because my family thinks she’s too dumb to use the “right” pronouns, and often correct her. They think she’ll grow out of it once she starts school, and I think she will, too, but isn’t that sad?


    Pun replied:

    This seems to be the very heart of the problem: your family members were brainwashed into accepting idiotic gender ideas as children and now they are re-creating the problem for another generation.


  2. Samson

    It’s taken me awhile to come to the same conclusion. Hoping this holds up for maybe having my own kids.


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