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The Whiplash Decade

With the binary shattered, millions of people are now able to define themselves on their own terms

This piece is part of the The Whiplash Decade, a package on the wild ride that was the 2010s.

For centuries in the United States, gender was largely simple, imposed, and compulsory. Even as indigenous people have recognized multiple genders for millennia, and black and brown urban communities have enacted rebellions against prevailing gender norms, the standard, white-driven U.S. cultural assumption was that there were men and there were women — no one had a choice in the matter. Even those of us who ultimately left the gender we were assigned at birth could only transition with the understanding that…


The custody battle over a trans girl in Texas is what happens when men blame moms for children who don’t adhere to gender norms

Luna Younger, a seven-year-old trans girl who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age five, has become a national news story thanks to a custody battle between her parents.

Late last month, a jury awarded Luna’s custody to her mother, who affirms Luna’s gender identity. However, Luna’s father Jeffrey Younger — who claims a religious objection to Luna’s gender — was able to drum up substantial right-wing media coverage by claiming that his ex-wife was “forcing” the little girl to transition. Donald Trump Jr. accused Luna’s mother of “child abuse,” and the Texas attorney general demanded an investigation from the…

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