Dr. Kyl Myers is one of many parents in the gender creative parenting movement, and Kyl’s wonderful new book comes out next week. It’s called Raising Them: Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting.
A few years ago, our NatGeo show Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric featured the Ford family and others who were raising gender diverse children in an affirming way. Affirmation has been show to be healthier for young people, ad Kyl explaines in TIME:
Kids fare better in environments where they are accepted for who they are. The negative outcomes that are often experienced by queer and trans youth are mitigated by supportive families and friends. Parents take precautions to keep their children healthy and safe by enrolling them in swim lessons, teaching them to stay away from fire and cutting food into tiny pieces. Holding space for the possibility a child might be trans or nonbinary or queer is also preventative care.
The goal of gender-creative parenting is not to eliminate gender—the goal is to eliminate gender-based oppression, disparities and violence. The aim isn’t to create a genderless world; it’s to contribute to a genderfull one. We as a society have an opportunity to shake up childhood gender socialization in a way that creates more healthy and equitable adulthoods for everyone. What have we got to lose? The patriarchy? Good riddance.
If you’d like to attend the book launch, there’s more info here!
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