A Brief Discussion On Explaining Transgender Issues to Children, cite: Birdo

It’s damn hard to convince children that Birdo was (or is still) a male character.

Birdo, all manly and pink

You don't make convincing children of your original male-ness easy, Birdo.

“Birdo is a boy.”

“But she looks like a girl.”

“But he isn’t.”

“But she’s wearing a bow and is pink. She’s a girl.”

“Listen to the voice in Mario Kart. That’s  a throaty whisper a woman can’t make.”

“But she looks like a girl.”

“But he’s a boy.”

“Is not!”

And so on.

You may wonder why I’d get into this issue with kids, but it’s important to tell children the truth, right? It’s also a step towards understanding a wider world, even as far as knowing that a number of Asian cultures have long established transgender subcultures, to the point that transgender aren’t as big a deal there as they can be in Western society.

Next up for the kids: the truth about Santa Claus.

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