My experience growing up


Starting from the beginning I knew that things didn’t fit when I was around 4. I recall being in pre-school and feeling like I didn’t belong with the girls, but with the boys. I was very confused about the shared bathrooms, and the anatomical differences between the genders. My parents weren’t aggressive in enforcing gender norms and they encouraged me to do maths, science and piano. My dad especially encouraged me to strive and work hard. However, my mum always had the idea that I would be a housewife, and be taken care of by a man. This didn’t sit right with me, and I insisted I wasn’t going to get married, ever. When I began kindergarten I didn’t connect with the kids there either and I ended up hanging out with the year 6 boys while they skived off around the lake. Obviously my parents weren’t happy about this…

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