Is Gender-Identity Taking Us Back?

 

Not that long ago in American history, and especially in the conservative South, women were expected to have long hair, wear makeup, and dress with a skirt or dress. I remember as a small child hearing a man say that zippers were invented for a man’s anatomy; therefore, a woman shouldn’t wear pants. When I was in the high school chorus, the boys wore a tuxedo and the girls wore a dress. Boys were told to have a clean shave on their face, and girls were told to have a clean shave on their legs. We were expected to fit the look society ascribed to our gender.

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