Sex Assigned at Birth

As you may well know, babies (as early as in utero) will be declared female, male or intersex based on their genitalia and chromosomes normally but can also be on their secondary sex characteristics and hormones. Parents usually assume based on those characteristics whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, what gender norms to enforce and how to socialize their child in society. Many suggest that this is essential for the child, otherwise they will be confused and suffer from psychological damage but is it really that damaging? Is it damaging to be able to find out for yourself what your gender identity is without society or the people around you tell you what you are and how you should be? Then for those who do identify with the binary, why or why not should we enforce our gender norms and limit the child’s ability to experiment with gender expression and identity?

 

Resources

Youtube

Born that way? Deborah Siegel at TEDxWindyCity (Note: only refers to binary genders)

Gender Fluidity: Gabrielle Burton at TEDxColumbus 

Pink and Blue: Communicating Gender to Children I Anthony Schullo I TEDxNorthCentralCollege

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