Audra Williams on gender neutral clothes

If gender neutral clothes are only made for and marketed to the parents of little girls, it is less a sign of gender equality and more an indication of the misogyny that is so ambient in our culture. There is such a devaluing of anything traditionally feminine that we’d rather chuck it out triumphantly than ever demean our boys with it.

On the tragic loss of Leelah Alcorn

As there continues to be coverage of the tragic loss of Leelah, we need to take the moment to challenge the dominant discourses on bullying and own that gender policing is all around us. We each do it. We may not realize we are doing, but we do. We need to think about the ways we reinforce narrow expectations for binary gender, the ways we expect bodies and genders and sexualities to align in certain ways, and the ways we shut down avenues for challenge to those. We need to be open to seeing ourselves as part of problem and own our responsibility to act to create room in the world for genders/bodies/sexualities in exist in multiple forms.

This Facebook post from the Queering Education Research Institute really resonated with me. It’s easy to blame religious conservatives, but this is about all of us.

Books often give us our first glimpse of how other people experience the world. How do we expect white kids to understand the lives of Asian, Latino, African, and Indian kids if everything they read is about kids who look and sound like them? The way things stand now, this is a lose-lose situation for everyone.