Notes on the Journey

When is a girl not a girl?

Lily Maynard

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When we hear stories of ‘trans’ children in the media we are usually struck by two things. Firstly, the photo of the cute, vulnerable child- nearly always a long-haired boy in pink and a tutu- and secondly the fierce love and support offered by the parents. To question this narrative seems churlish, even cruel: usually, parents know their children best and this child obviously needs protecting from the harsh realities of modern culture. We may have a fleeting thought that perhaps the child’s best interests may not be being served by parading them all over social media; but we see cute, we see love and we move on, proud that our hearts are so inclusive and that the label ‘transphobic’ does not apply to us. We tell ourselves the story needs to be told; the message needs to be got across. But what exactly is the message?

The message is…

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