What! Gender Diversity? A child's game.
As a responce to BBC article:
"Leo is 10 year old and, after living most of his life as a girl, has decided that he is both masculine and feminine."
Text Gunnar Tufta
Illustration Fashion Fanzine
I believe strongly in people's freedoms to define themselves and be who they are, and want to be.
Without a degree in child psychology, or children of my own, my tool in writing this is what I believe used to be called common sense.
I see a world of social media and information overload, a space where it is increasingly difficult to be seen, be special and noticed.
With this In mind I just read about the 10 year old child "Leo" that defined herself non-binary.
Connecting a 10 year old child's play to a increasingly strange gender debate, seems unnatural. In a world of overloaded information should kids not be allowed to be kids at the age of 10?
Leo seemed like a great child with healthy intellectual capacity. Playing games in her mind about a male/female identity, a sign of this curiosity and intellectual capacity. I think the interest in feminine and masculine qualities are not necessarily conflicting.
I'm however not sure it is healthy to take this play seriously as defining non-binary at this age. It must be natural for a child to discover and explore feminine/masculine qualities without changing gender.
If a child gets attention for a specific behaviour, will this not encourage the behaviour receiving attention?
In order to receive further attention?
She also states that the gender is not even the most important thing about her, let it stay that way.
Allow this free curiosity to stay play where they can learn about themselves, their personality, learn skills, learn about the world and relations to others, play with cars and dolls, do sports and read books, write poems, paint and draw. Let Leo and all other children be free to develop personalities with child's play, with other children and not serious games inside the mind.
Isn't it normal for kids to play dress up without making it an issue of who they are, even what gender they are?
If a child plays alien or nurse does that also define them?
The given name is a gift and symbol from the parents. Telling who they think you are and who they want you to be. There is a world of nicknames for play and development, Leo makes a great one.
Gender is, and should stay, biological. There is also a biological third option.
At a appropriate age change biology, but allow children to play and be children without the confusion of defining gender.
Let our personality stay what defines who we are.
Fashion is a great tool in expressing this..
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