August 3, 2010

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

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.


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