Who said that a magazine about travelling, cultures and geography can’t be interested in social transformation and individual’s psychology? That is phenomenon of transgenders and gender problems what will be the main topic of National Geographic issue on January. For some people it seems shoking and outrageous, while others respect editor’s choice.

 

Breaking the limits

As it is mentioned in press-release,  publications are dedicated to highlight the entire system of cultural, biological, social and personal aspects of gender formation.  For making the research more global and transparent, National Geographic journalists visited 80 homes on four continents to ask children how gender influences on their lives. In “Rethinking Gender” article authors relate to science and the way it could explain some gender identity changes. From “Dangerous Lives Of Girls” we will know horrifying facts about severe social, political and economical conditions of Sierra Leone, and how girls there are trying to escape from early pregnancy and marriages. The style of American girl, intensively promoted by social media, is reflected in one article too. It certainly affects on our global understanding of beauty and feminin behavior. How people of other nations estimate such type? And finally, “Making A Man” – is about “initiation” of boys in modern society that moves away from classic gender roles division: what boys should do to feel like a real man?

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

There is no doubt that all those themes are rather debatable and not enough investigated, so scientists and journalists are lucky to explore and present it. However, many readers and subscribers were frustrated by the involvement of children into such adult question. In Twitter,they are blaming National Geographic in social norms destruction, ruining children’s life and other “sins” of demonstrating tolerance and awareness. Some of them cancelled their subscription on maganize as a part of protest.  In contrast to furious comments, editors claim that discussion over the issue is a vitally important step toward analyzing gender problems aloud.

 

A story of little hero

“We are surrounded by evolving notions about what it means to be a woman or a man and the meanings of transgender, cisgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, or any of the more than 50 terms Facebook offers users for their profiles. At the same time, scientists are uncovering new complexities in the biological understanding of sex. But on occasion, XX and XY don’t tell the whole story”, – says Robin Marantz Henig, one of the authors. Media and everyone who demonstrates solidarity are currently trying to adjust our world to transhenders.

Avery, the girl from the cover, has been an open transgender since she was five. It may sounds weird, but Avery’s parents have given her a lot of support since the very beginning: mother, Debi Jackson, has given once a profound speech in a episode of “Listen to Your Mother” show. Meanwhile, her father shared his family’s experience of transgender parenting in New York Times edition. “The one thing that I impart upon my daughter is very simple: Love yourself and show love to others. That is exactly what I intend to do. I love my daughter for who she is without preconditions, and I promise to help nurture her into a becoming a happy, healthy and productive member of society. After all, isn’t that our job as parents?”, – Tim Jackson proves his views.

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

Gender Revolution. National Geographic

From the video that was published in National Geographic website, Avery admits that after she stopped pretending and understood her gender, she became a lot more happier and free from labelling. Others express their feelings of what girls and boys should or should not do. Although statements are mostly naive, everyone has a sort of gender print on their character and behavior that is resulted on their opinions. Some of them are already wise and adult enough to judge about serious things, because of war, natural disasters and poverty they have witnessed.

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