September 2017

School of elephants


My son sees a school of elephants on TV
I know they are a herd
He laughs at a silly small monster with pointy knees
I know the creature's a bird
 
He asks me to get the map
So we can find out how to go
To the special magical place
Where we're always together
And it's always funny and fun, like today
 
That moment
I try to unlearn what I know.

 

© Linda Wyrill

“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