September 2017

Harvey

It’s six in the morning …

And I saw my grandson born today
Six pounds three ounces
Wet flesh on trembling hands
Big eyes and tiny fingers

To Virginia Heywood – a son
Tears fall on swollen cheeks
Fresh flushed from labour

Outside
Dawn becomes day
Look
A sun-kissed welcome from periwinkle skies

Hello

 

© Stella Jones

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem