XX XY Y Y — Why?!
(Reposted from my Facebook page.)
Handknit baby jumper by JMackCrafts on Etsy. (
I think she also made this baby. Talented!–Update: Confirmed!)
Just heard 2 (two!) appalling cases of gender-stereotype-conditioning at the yarn shop (of all places):
1. A mom is with her little boy, shopping for yarn to make him a new sweater.
"What color sweater do you want for next year?"
"You silly boy!"
"You want a sweater like so-and-so (presumably a girl)?!" etc.
2. I am checking out with several skeins of bright contrasting yarns, some for myself and some for a class project. The class project, as I describe it to the clerk, is "a sample garment, basically a baby sweater." Clerk: "That looks like a girl sweater. Are you going to make a boy sweater too?"
I just started reading A New Earth by Eckart Tolle, who (so far) describes our identification and attachment with material objects and concepts as an obstacle to "a truly fulfilling existence":
Identification with gender is encouraged at an early age, and it forces you into a role, into conditioned patterns of behavior that affect all aspects of your life, not just sexuality. It is a role many people become completely trapped in […] Life's fulfillment is perceived to be fulfillment of one's gender identity.
If you've graduated from 6th grade, you've probably concluded, as I have, that there is MUCH more to life than what chromosomes you were born with or what color your sweater is.