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Student's Introduction to Gender Issues

momocarlymomocarly 890 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
After talking to S17 last night I wondered when other kids really had their eyes opened to gender issues or faux pas they may have made. We discussed this many times but it took an incident to make it real to him.

We are from TX and he was brought up in private school and then a highly academic public high school (neither terribly diverse). He had friends that were gay but really didn't see any other end of the gender spectrum. In college he realized that he needed to learn more and as President of his fraternity he wanted a higher awareness so he could educate the chapter on diversity better. Last year he took an ethnic studies class and enjoyed it. He and the VP (probably the next president) decided to take a Women/Gender and Sexuality class as an elective. The first day of class my son said "Yes Ma'am" to his professor. He said that probably guaranteed him a B in the class. LOL. They went on to explain that their preferred pronouns were they and their and that they consider themselves gender neutral. S totally accepts this but it is hard for him to break years of Yes Sir and Yes Ma'am when it comes to authority figures. He said he is learning a lot already and glad he took the class (other than the 10 page paper on feminism he has to write - kid hates papers).
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  • PetraMCPetraMC 767 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    Good for him for trying to be more inclusive! I think we all make mistakes. He seems to be coming from a good place so it probably wasn't a big deal. Yes, I've made a similar faux pas at work. I apologized and we moved on.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1713 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You've raised your son with excellent manners. Good for him an good for you.
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