Feathery satiny softer than silk
Creamily porcelain whiter than milk
Bubbling sparkling droplets of dew
Giggling babbling brookily blue
Carefully clumsily tumbling down
Fumbling bumbling down to the ground
Battered and scattered and prickly haired
Bruised and confused, little kitteny scared
Clambering scrambling wobbling tall
Shakily trying his best not to fall
One-step and two-step and tickly there
Up again, try again conquer the stair.
“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.
* Gloria Steinem