51 shades of gender identity

The world has been waking up to the fact that things are not as black and white as history has had society believe them to be. Gender is not binary, not exclusively male or female. Gender is complex and assigned.

More people are coming out about their own journeys travelled with gender identity, and it’s necessary to understand why. From conception, we develop first as a neutral body. We sprout male or female genitalia and reproductive systems at a later stage of gestation, once our hormones kick in. This is why males have chests and nipples: they are remnants of having been a possible female. Hormones don’t always produce a person who then becomes 100% male or female, either in respect of genitalia or psyche.

Read it at the M&G.

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