September 2017

Will He?


Will he remember
when
we're old and
gray?

Will he remember
the times we
played

and fished and
camped
along the
way?

Will he remember
our tears
often shed?

This adopted
boy
thought he had
no friends

nor mom or dad
who cared.
We did.

 

© Richard L. Provencher

“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