We all enter life with our own unique identities. We are biologically divided into 2 categories, male and female, however this does not have to categorize our gender – This arrives over time. This may be the result of social and environmental interactions and developments, with an ever-growing list of genders. To be honest I don’t know what half of them are, for instance just last week, I overheard someone calling themselves a pansexual. My friend Google had to explain; often referred to as “gender-blind”, pansexual are attracted to all genders, regardless of their sex. That’s just greed.
I am in no way shape or form Homophobic. In my opinion you are born gay or straight, and through time characteristics begin to indicate your gender. These ‘indications’ can arise from a very young age. For example I have a young cousin, still at primary school, who is really feminine. This applies to many things such as his clothes, his choice of toys and his friends. Although I feel it’s wrong to compress ones natural feelings, I do feel that it is the parent’s duty to at least contain them until a decent enough age where they can deal with the pressure of society. Homosexuality may be widely accepted in today’s society; however young children can be nasty, especially in the playground.
On the other hand, these early ‘indications’ can merely be part and parcel of the young child’s curiosity. As a toddler I messed around in my mother’s 6 inch heels, as did my brothers. This is a common occurrence in young children. A great example which represents this perfectly is a series of sculptures by Liz Peden in the area which I grew up. Based upon a series of photographs captured by Oscar Marzaroli in 1963, the installation shows three young boys playing in the street, wearing their mother’s heels.