What’s So Bad About A Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?
People rely on gender to help understand the world, to make order out of chaos,” says Jean Malpas, who directs the Ackerman Institute’s Gender and Family Project. “It’s been a way of measuring someone’s well-being: ‘Are you adjusted? Do you fit? Or are you unhinged?’ The social categories of man/woman, boy/girl are fundamental, and when an individual challenges that by blurring the lines, it’s very disorienting at first. It’s as if they’re questioning the laws of gravity.”
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