A recent Buzzfeed video features a lesbian “gender non-conforming” couple speaking about how they force their son into “queer” relationships with his own gender.
The couple, Dashiell and Michelle, have no problem pushing a certain sexuality onto their son despite his young age.
“It’s really funny, because he’s, like, super into sports,” Michelle said. “Maybe he was, like, an Olympic athlete in his past life. He, like, came with all of these sporting talents that are, like, visible at 17 months. That’s what Dashiell liked growing up. She easily relates to him on that level.”
“I’m constantly, like, trying to queer my relationship with him and get him to wear tutus. He hates it. He’s just, like, ‘No,’” she continued. “When I catch myself trying to do these things, it ends up making me feel really retro and dumb about gender,” Michelle continued. “It just takes me away from the reality of, like, him, Atticus. Like, who is he? What does he want? And the sort of purity of the things that he’s interested in or delighted by. Obviously, I want to support whatever he wants to be.”
Michelle later concluded she doesn’t care what her son Atticus grows up to be; she just wants to give him the variety of options.
“Everyone needs to be reconsidering the way that they’re presenting gender to their kids. It’s not even whether or not Atticus is personally going to be a genderqueer or genderfluid person. Atticus can grow up to be a completely traditional cisgendered male and he needs to understand the variety of genders that are out there so that he can be a respectful human being in the world,” Michelle concluded.
Good luck, Atticus.
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