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April 22, 2021 54 min
In this show, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft, expert in gender research and clinical work, offers parents and professionals an insider understanding of Gender Expansive Children -The little boy who insists he is a girl, the teen who identifies as non-binary – both male and female. The author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Ehrensaft clarifies the difference between gender and assigned sex at birth and explains how threads of nature, nurture and culture weave for each of us a Gender Web. Using examples, she describes a Gender Affirmative Model in which she maintains that children will reveal their authentic gender self if we listen to what they are telling us in their behavior and words.She clarifies the use of blockers to postpone puberty vs Gender Affirmative Hormones for those legally old enough to make a decision. She discusses that it is often not gender confusion as much as the gender rejection that leaves children unsupported, unhappy and less confident. This is a very important and informative episode.
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