Leaving Societal Norms Behind



Gender is a tricky subject to cover. It can also be a very touchy subject for some.

I will link articles to this page that have to do with gender and gender expression, as well as exploring your gender identity. Consider this the hot spot for all things gender.

Please note that not all of the articles relating to gender will be displayed on this page. To find a more comprehensive list of gender articles, please use the categories search to the right. You can also view the gender category by clicking here.

For a starter into the topic of gender, check out this article.

“So now I’m thinking about it. I’m imagining sitting down with my parents and actually saying, “I’m gay.” And you know what? It makes me a little mad. I mean, straight guys don’t have to sit their parents down and tell them they like girls.” 

― Michael Thomas Ford, Suicide Notes

“It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. … Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated.” 

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“It is not possible to preserve one’s identity by adjusting for any length of time to a frame of reference that is in itself destructive to it. It is very hard indeed for a human being to sustain such an ‘inner’ split – conforming outwardly to one reality, while trying to maintain inwardly the value it denies.” 

― Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

“Love has no gender – compassion has no religion – character has no race.” 

― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“I don’t identify as transgender. But I’m clearly gender not-normal. I don’t think even lesbian is the right identity for me. I really don’t. I might as well come out now. I identify as tired. I’m just tired.” 

― Hannah Gadsby

“What matters most is not ‘what’ you are, but ‘who’ you are.”

― DaShanne Stokes

“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” 

― Gloria Steinem

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideas.”

― Emma Watson

“Girls can be athletic. Guys can have feelings. Girls can be smart. Guys can be creative. And vice versa. Gender is specific only to your reproductive organs (and sometimes not even to those), not your interest, likes, dislikes, goals, and ambitions.”

― Connor Franta, A Work in Progress