I’m Trying to Dismantle Gender Roles, But Society Keeps Getting in the Way

“Lupin’s a boy dog, right?” my 3-year-old Tzivia asks me, about our fluffy rescue mutt. “Are there girl dogs?”

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Tzivia and Lupin, 3 years ago (photo by Justin Snell)

“Because girls are calming and sweet.”

My jaw drops. My husband and I turn to each other, stunned. Where did she learn that?

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Skin-to-skin with Dada, the day she was born
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Awesomely wild
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Lupin and Tzivia in our hammock

Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They darcyreeder.substack.com

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