One of the most consistently jarring things about having a small child is how many conversations begin like this:
Another parent – often the expensively-educated New York Times-reading mother of at least one boy –will say, with the air of someone who is imparting a profoundly original thought, “You know, I always thought gender was socially constructed, but gosh, it’s just amazing how different boys and girls really are.” Her inevitable conclusion? It’s all in their intractable little natures.
Here’s my internal monologue at these moments:
Um, really? If your little boy enjoys trucks, as well as hitting other kids over the head with same, you can’t imagine any other reasons besides testosterone? And if your little girl wants to wear pink it’s just got to be those pesky double-X chromosomes. Because your friends and relations, your daycare, your playground, your nanny – and most uncomfortably, you — couldn’t possibly be part of anything so distasteful as “society.”
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