Fuck the color pink for girls & “sparkly things”. I hated the color pink when I was a little girl & refused to wear it. I wouldn’t wear pink until just a few years ago when my cousin got breast cancer & I started wearing pink “in support” & I found out that my mother was right, pink really IS my color. (& all the pink hunting camo helped, too)
But why shouldn’t boys like “sparkling things”? Haven’t anyone watched old westerns? The sparkly guns & spangles on Roy Rogers’ outfits? Or how about an old movie & the sparkling diamonds on a man’s tux? Or the sparkling chrome on a Harley-Davidson? Why are “sparkly things” only for girls? That’s BS. Even in the 1960 & 70’s, men dressed up in sparking clothes & had long hair. Doesn’t anyone remember?
& why are trucks & trains only for boys? This whole trans narrative is patriarchal in the extreme.
I was always a tomboy & I grew in to a curvy, feminine woman who could hang with the guys & hunt & fish & curse & drink but still liked to keep a clean house & cook & sew & dress up like a babe cuz why the fuck not. It’s not either/or when it comes to “gender” . I am a woman. I like doing so-called “boy” things & I like doing so-called “girl” things because when push comes to shove, they’re all just fun ACTIVITIES.
If you identify as a girl, assigned female at birth, and you like the colour pink, you like wearing dresses and sparkly things, that’s awesome. But if you are a boy who likes pink sparkly things that’s also awesome.
It’s not a case of saying, let’s break everything down so that there’s nothing, so there’s no meaning in anything. It’s a case of opening it up so everybody can have access to everything.
These are comments from CJ Atkinson, author of the new book Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? They are quoted in a promotional article in the The Guardian , which explains that the book is “being introduced into some [British] primary schools as a resource for children, parents and teachers, and claims to be the first book to explain ‘medical transitioning’ to children as young as seven.” The article comfortably notes criticisms of the book from right…
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