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Trans-Affirmative ParentingRaising Kids Across the Gender Spectrum$
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Elizabeth Rahilly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479820559

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479820559.001.0001

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“She’s Just Who She Is”

“She’s Just Who She Is”

Identifying the Transgender Child

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Trans-Affirmative Parenting

Elizabeth Rahilly

NYU Press

This chapter offers an intimate empirical portrait of the families who make up this study, including how these parents first come to view their children as gender-atypical and, ultimately, as transgender. This material showcases the child-driven nature of this phenomenon, as well as the extension of “feminist” parenting it signals. It also notes important differences across cases, challenging any one simple “profile” for a transgender child. Finally, it highlights the troubles with female masculinity and the “tomboy” epithet—as much as troubles with male femininity and “princess boys”—for parents of transgender children. Overall, the chapter provides a critical empirical foundation for the chapters ahead.

Keywords:   feminist parenting, transgender children, tomboys, female masculinity, male femininity

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