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Ditch Your Gender MAG

March 9, 2010
By TheProphet GOLD, Antelope, California
TheProphet GOLD, Antelope, California
14 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
Not only is the future unwritten, but it also belongs to us.

She threw her E-Z Bake Oven in the trash
And bought boxing gloves from the pawn shop; paid cash.

He purposely melted his GI Joes in the microwave
And picked flowers from the neighbor's garden to keep and to save.

She donated her doll to the local Goodwill store
And traded her brother's magazines for a skateboard.

He buried his toy truck in the sandbox,
And his sister thinks he's weird because he asked how much a Barbie costs.

She changes her own oil.
He does his hair with tinfoil.
She has no nails to break.
He can cook ambrosia cake.

She spent her allowance on a new hockey mask.
He goes downtown and runs the family crisis center.
She stands up to swing the bat.
All of this, to redefine gender.

The author's comments:
This isn't specifically a pro-gay and lesbian piece (though I am all for equal rights), it's more just about questioning the validity of masculinity and femininity and all the baggage that comes with those terms.

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This article has 5 comments.

on Apr. 5 2011 at 2:13 pm
SkyyLight SILVER, Greer, South Carolina
5 articles 1 photo 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Pictures may say 1,000 words, but that just compliments the ones that write them."

I love this. I see this everyday, and I was a tomboy growing up, but I had to adapt to a girly way of life for my family's sake. Although I'm straight, I am "Str8 against h8" (:

on Jan. 4 2011 at 1:56 pm
BeYOUtiful_13 BRONZE, Tinley Park, Illinois
4 articles 1 photo 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
~Marilyn Monroe

i really like it personaly. it opens my eyes

on Jan. 1 2011 at 5:31 pm
Freedom_Cow BRONZE, Manhattan, Kansas
1 article 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we'd all be vegetarians." -- Paul McCartney
"I beseech thee to keep pure your highest ideals, strive ever towards them, let none stop ye or turn ye aside." -- The Charge of the Goddess

it made me think. gender is not the definition of physical charactaristics, but how one expresses themselves.

thank you

on Jan. 1 2011 at 2:23 pm
MiaMonster BRONZE, Los Alamos, New Mexico
3 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I often wonder if life is easier for other people, or they're just better at faking it." -Unknown

beautiful :)

on Dec. 10 2010 at 8:49 am
SMWells PLATINUM, Carlisle, South Carolina
22 articles 0 photos 294 comments

Favorite Quote:
Some truths best left unspoken.

I've um... never thought of it that way.