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(Re)Teaching and (Re)Learning Gender: A Study of Parents of Gender Variant Children.

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There is substantial clinical history around treating and managing “gender identity disorder” in both adults and children (see, e.g., Bryant 2006; Kosofsky Sedgwick 1993). While several decades of activism and advocacy work have challenged the way transgendered persons are pathologized and stigmatized in our society, this has largely concerned adults. In recent years, however, a growing number of parents have started championing the support and embrace of their gender variant and transgender children, starting during their early childhood (as early as two to three years old), and have rejected traditional corrective methods in the psychotherapeutic vein. My research reports on the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of twenty-four parents of gender variant children, as well as on the strategies they take on to support their children, both inside and outside the home. Their practices mark a process I term the parental transition, through which they develop new beliefs that challenge our reigning ideological schema for sex and gender. This paper will discuss these practices and beliefs and the parental transition they chart, and explore their greater sociological implications for the management of gender.

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Rahilly, Elizabeth. "(Re)Teaching and (Re)Learning Gender: A Study of Parents of Gender Variant Children." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 20, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506801_index.html>

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Rahilly, E. , 2011-08-20 "(Re)Teaching and (Re)Learning Gender: A Study of Parents of Gender Variant Children." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506801_index.html

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Abstract: There is substantial clinical history around treating and managing “gender identity disorder” in both adults and children (see, e.g., Bryant 2006; Kosofsky Sedgwick 1993). While several decades of activism and advocacy work have challenged the way transgendered persons are pathologized and stigmatized in our society, this has largely concerned adults. In recent years, however, a growing number of parents have started championing the support and embrace of their gender variant and transgender children, starting during their early childhood (as early as two to three years old), and have rejected traditional corrective methods in the psychotherapeutic vein. My research reports on the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of twenty-four parents of gender variant children, as well as on the strategies they take on to support their children, both inside and outside the home. Their practices mark a process I term the parental transition, through which they develop new beliefs that challenge our reigning ideological schema for sex and gender. This paper will discuss these practices and beliefs and the parental transition they chart, and explore their greater sociological implications for the management of gender.


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