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Everything you need to know about gender if you’re a parent.

You can do this and you’ve got lots of help!

david beasley
Nov 2, 2017 · 3 min read

Yes, young person, gender is a scam and at this point we can mostly agree that it does more harm than good.

While we are in the middle a great example of the long arc of progress bending more quickly toward justice, we have to remember that it’s not for all teachers. Not all students. Not all parents.


Love your kid and learn with them.

You can start right now by sharing this with your parent-friends!

Most parents are cisgender.

Which means that for us, our experience with gender and sex was basically as described in the encyclopedic health class curriculum.

It is more likely now than ever before that your kid will be trans or nonbinary. They’re more likely to have a gender identity that your parents still have never heard of.

Again, this isn’t true because folks weren’t trans* before. As our language and empathy expands, we’re just starting to understand the depth of gender.


We have the internet now!

On the internet you can find so many stories from folks whose lived experience is different than yours. Reading these stories helps you build and deepen empathy and empathy is your best tool to being a better parent.

Empathy is your best tool to being a better parent.

Empathy makes you pick up the books and crack open the google. It makes you read the articles about tactics for how to understand your kids better.

Your kid is going to have questions about gender.

My parents (and I hope yours) were ready for questions about sexuality and race and sexism. At this point, I’m sure you know that those questions are coming too.



GenderForward

gender isn’t a binary but we can’t seem to stop raising our…

david beasley

Written by

I'm a dad interested in the ways gender and sexism impact kids. Parenting is hard but our best tool for a more just future.

GenderForward

gender isn’t a binary but we can’t seem to stop raising our kids with it

david beasley

Written by

I'm a dad interested in the ways gender and sexism impact kids. Parenting is hard but our best tool for a more just future.

GenderForward

gender isn’t a binary but we can’t seem to stop raising our kids with it

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