Gender is a very interesting and complicated subject. We don’t fully understand gender and there are a lot of taboos around it. As a result, different people have different beliefs about gender. To some, gender is as simple as you’re either a boy or you’re a girl and how you are born determines how you will be when you grow up. To others, you are born male or female, but your gender is separate. In that group, some feel that you are born a certain way and you will always be that way. You may be a more feminine or masculine child and you will grow into an adult with the same level of masculine of feminine traits. Others believe that gender is more fluid and ever changing. A masculine child can grow up to be a feminine adult.
There are also many beliefs about raising children where gender is concerned. Some parents believe that it is damaging to allow children to experiment with their gender. These parents believe that pink and dolls are for girls and only girls while boys should prefer trucks and blue. Others are okay with a certain degree of experimentation, but are not okay with all experimentation. For example, they are not okay with boys wearing dresses. Still other parents are weary of gender stereotypes and encourage their children to experiment.
We navigate gender norms and societal expectations every day, but everybody accepts these social norms to different degrees. Some people accept them and comply fully, others defy them at all costs, and everybody else is somewhere in the middle. So what are your beliefs about gender? What is gender to you?