Splitting the Gender BinaryAs soon as any baby is conceived, most mothers take a trip to the hospital to have an ultrasound and get the first look at their child. This is deemed an important process in that the parents can discover the sex of the baby- a factor that our culture finds very important.
This is everyone's first defining quality, and it is expected that this trait will remain a vital part of their identity from that moment onward. Even before we are born, parents prepare for their children according to two distinct social structures- those expecting a boy will have blue balloons and announcement cards, those awaiting a girl will have the same in pink. Parents of a boy will first buy trucks and action figures, those with a girl will prepare dolls. It has become second nature for us to determine the sex of a child by the toys and even colors that are associated with them. As long as this is so, our children are essentially born into a world where their preferences- lifestyles, even- are chosen for them