post Gender-high vis kids
I am particularly interested in the impact and traumas caused by being born into a gendered society and how this effects both those who do not relate to or fit within the binaries and its reverberations through wider society.
The masculine and feminine, for those who do not fit neatly into its formalities can be a painful and challenging beast to wrestle with. This categorisation of the sexes begins early on, when we are but a ‘twinkle in our father’s eye’ our sex is fantasied about, we say “If we had a little girl we could paint her room pink” or perhaps “I would much rather a boy, they are easier to handle”. The confirmation of sex by medical experts re-enforces the fantasy, it’s a boy! It’s a girl!
‘Are there humans who are not, as it were, always already gendered? The mark of gender appears to “qualify” bodies as human bodies; the moment in which an infant becomes humanized is when the question “is it a boy or a girl?” is answered.’ (Butler, J. (1990). Gender Trouble, New York: Routledge.)