Originally posted at Raising My Rainbow
Binary: (adj.) consisting of, indicating, or involving two.
When I first started blogging about my adventures in raising a gender creative son, I wasn’t very educated when it came to gender. All I knew is that I wanted everybody to be cool with my then-3-year-old son wearing a dress and loving the Disney Princesses. I wanted it to be okay for boys to like feminine things and girls to like masculine things. I didn’t know at first that I was fighting the gender binary.
Gender binary: (n.) the classification of gender into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.
Male vs. female. Boy vs. girl. Blue vs. pink. Superhero vs. princess.
It seemed like everybody wanted my son to be one or the other. Either or. People were uncomfortable with him living in the middle — in the no man’s and no woman’s land.