Gender is a facet of personal identity that corresponds with a set of expectations a society usually places on the biological sexes. The predominant gender identities expected in the Western world are male and female, and they are usually assumed to align with biological sex. Those whose gender identities align with their biological sex are cisgender, and those whose do not can identify as transgender (identifying as having a different gender than their biological sex), agender (having no gender identity at all), nonbinary (identifying as neither exclusively male nor exclusively female, or as a gender that is neither male nor female), or gender-fluid (not having a fixed gender identity). Discovering and becoming comfortable with your gender identity can be a difficult and painful experience, even for cisgender people who differ too far from the allowed or expected behaviors for their gender within their immediate community.
Conscious parenting means being present with your children and taking the time to understand their point of view, especially when it comes to supporting their exploration of gender identity. Using this mindful method, you can support and guide your children as they discover their authentic selves.
In the past decade, we’ve come to accept certain ideas about the differences between males and females—that boys can’t focus in a classroom, for instance, and that girls are obsessed with relationships. In Pink Brain, Blue Brain, neuroscientist Lise Eliot turns that thinking on its head.
It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children―boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks―we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it.
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