11-year-old Faces Her Health & Body Class

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

G  E  N  D  E  R                                        Written by: my 11-year-old daughter

Gender is above and beyond our imagination. The meaning of “gender” has been questioned for a very long time. That’s the question I’m going to discuss.

A lot of people (including people in this class) might think you don’t get to choose your gender. Some people think you are born with your gender, which matches your sex organs.

If you are somebody who feels the same gender as your sex organs this term is called cisgendered. For example, if your sex organs are female and you feel that you are a girl then you are cisgendered.

That’s not all gender is though. Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t heard the term transgendered. People, who identify as transgendered, feel their gender differently from the sex organs they are born with.

Other people (including people in this class) might think gender is what you decide it to be for yourself. For example, if you are born with male sex organs but you feel that you are a girl so you choose your PGP (preferred gender pronouns) to be female pronouns, this could be called transgendered.

Ok, enough talk about boy, girl, male, female. Have you ever thought about if someone doesn’t identify as a boy or a girl? People who don’t identify as either of these genders sometimes identify as, what we call, genderqueer.

People who do identify as transgender/genderqueer have the right to have their beliefs, feelings, and properties respected whether you believe in the spectrum of gender or not.

Even if you don’t believe something that other people think about gender it doesn’t mean that your thinking is wrong or that their thinking is wrong, everyone’s opinions about gender are valid.

  1. Jen says:

    What an amazing, concise and confident intro to bodies and gender! Especially powerful in/in response to the context. Well done, Z. Thank you for sharing this with us on the interwebs. 🙂

    (note to parent and kiddo: its jen hydrick. You may not remember, z, but we met at emily and allison’s in olympia sometime last year. Their housewarming party i think? Anyway, thought i’d reintroduce myself so as not to be creepy! 🙂 )

  2. Vanessa Emma Goldman says:

    i love this!!!!! out of the mouths of children comes so much wisdom, understanding, and truth! Goddess bless this child, and may the grown ups of the world heed her wise words.

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