I’m Just Anneke: A Girl and Her Gender.

Via Diana Mercer
on Aug 2, 2010
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Most of us take it for granted. Penis makes a boy, vagina makes a girl. Can you argue with biology? Nearly universal cultural norms say no.

Once gender is determined biologically, these same social and cultural norms kick in to dictate what behaviors, activities, toys, clothing, and interests developing boys and girls should prefer.

But what happens if you are ‘born in the wrong body‘? a description used by children who, at a very early age, discover that their biological body does not reflect their gender identity, leading to serious confusion, stress, frustration, and depression in children with non-traditional gender identification, or gender variance.

I loved this story of Anneke and her family’s journey toward understanding; understanding herself, her body, and her choices.



About Diana Mercer

I've been delighting in and learning from children for almost 20 years as a teacher, and former owner of Clementine Studio: Art Space for Children. I love to watch a child's spirit emerge and develop through the process of art. I'm also a big fan of stilling my mind with yoga, meditation, and the art of mindfulness, cooking up a fresh, local and organic dinner from the Farmer's Market, making sweet music with my friends, and baking fancy birthday cakes.


2 Responses to “I’m Just Anneke: A Girl and Her Gender.”

  1. Kara N says:

    Jeez, this wasn't a popular one, eh? I guess all the"back to nature" romanticizing is more interesting to readers than the conditions of actual people. For more information on the abuse inflicted on children with intersex conditions, see http://aiclegal.org/

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