Socialization As A Child: Binary vs Non-Binary

This post, also from 2012, about the lack of role models and examples of non-binary options open to children questioning their gender. Unfortunately the situation has only marginally improved in the last 3+ years.

This Mongrel Land

So, I’ve read several posts out there in the netherworld of the internet written by binary trans* people talking about socialization and assigned at birth gender. Specifically, about how cis people will assume that, for example, a trans man who was assigned female at birth knows what its like to be a woman because of how he was socialized as a child.

All of the posts I’ve read refute this as being a cissexist assumption because a trans man was always male, even as a child and even though society may have been directing female socialization at him that doesn’t mean that he was receiving it. Instead he was being socialized as male because he was identifying with and emulating male roles even as a child, he was absorbing male socialization even if it was not directed at him and ignoring female socialization because he knew himself to be male…

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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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