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X: A Fabulous Child's Story

A Book Review with Feminist Theory Connections
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Angela Brydges

on 27 February 2015

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Project Baby X
The Setup
23 billion dollars & 72 cents budget
Scientists recruit parents
Instruction manual with rules
Cross gendered parenting roles
Gender neutral toys & clothes
Principal's washroom at school
No parental intervention to bullying
(Gould, 164-167)
Beginning
Joneses since birth conceal baby's gender, no babysitters allowed (Gould, 164)
Relatives think Xperiment is a rude joke (Gould, 165)
Neighbors pulled their shades down (Gould, 165)
Parents focus on raising X with neutral toys and clothes, avoid shame and embarrassment, time-share equally (Gould, 165)
Minimize worrying and labeling, "brave" or "nice" (Gould, 166)
Strangers snarled nastily (Gould, 166)
Middle
Schooling, 249 and a half pages, scientist conferences, gender crossed prep (Gould, 166)
Clothes, hairstyles, games, line-ups, questions, bathrooms, no friends, ridiculed (Gould, 166-167)
X cries lots, supportive parents, continues being itself, friends see twice the fun, imitate (Gould, 167-168)
School parents outraged their children are being influenced badly by misfit, demand Xamination, non-conformity results in Xpelling (Gould, 168)
End
Page 85,759 indicated Xamination, "No use worrying", X undertakes tests (Gould, 168)
Psychiatrist in tears, no identity problem, "You'll all know one of these days. And you won't need me to tell you." (Gould, 169)
Kids exclaim "...by the time X's sex matters, it won't be a secret anymore!" (Gould, 169)
Doctor gives props to parents, honorary Parent's Assoc., scientists, kids and Joneses happy, PTA not happy but accepting (Gould, 170)
Baby Y is introduced, secret new sibling to Little X (Gould, 170)
Insights
"What did you expect?
Other Children
have to obey all the silly boy-girl rules, because their parents taught them to." (Gould, 167)
Gender conflicts are learned and can be unlearned
Parents have most influence to: teach, support, accept, observe, clothe, expose, encourage, empathize, love, change, etc.
Don't worry because it gets you nowhere even when things feel scary
Equal Parenting = Equal Children
Time heals
Summary
#3
#4
#6
#5
#2
#1
3. Biology
XY-male/ XX-female
SRY can show up as an X
XX=female-> male
(Dreger, 123-124)
4. Social Positioning
5. Sense of Belonging
6. Connected Human Species
2. Gender Roles
“ The man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, Ain’t I a women? I could work and eat as much as a man”
(Stanton, 253)
Connections
Questions
Why do you think Gould concludes the story with an introduction to a Baby Y?

To what extent does Gould's story impact your thinking and will this effect your potential parenting?

Do you believe that gender segregation in societal organizations helps or hinders equality?
1. Determining Gender
1988 Olympics: Maria Patino
Forgot certificate of femininity & failed sex test
Couldn’t compete in Spain’s Olympics
(Fausto-Sterling, 125)
• “If the Joneses refused to tell, the Parents’ Association said, then X must take an Xamination. The school psychiatrist must Xamine it physically and mentally, and issue a full report. If X’s test showed it was a boy, it would have to obey all the boys’ rules. If it proved to be a girl, X would have to obey all the girls’ rules."
(Gould, 168)
“Buy plenty of everything…Boys Fire Engines…Girls housekeeping sets”
(Gould, 165)
“...They found X in the backyard...X frowned at them...Can’t you tell?...Then X broke into a big, mischievous grin...It’s a Y."
(Gould, 170)
Living identities: gender, sexuality, aboriginal, class, race...shape people’s social positioning...realities.
(Green, 1-2)
“Is that a boy or a girl... it’s an X.”
“You’re a little b-r-a-t you mean”.....But little girls mustn’t hit little X’s either.”
(Gould, 166)
• Getting attacked and judged
• Giggles and harassment
(Rivera)
“How about shooting some baskets in the gym?” X asked the girls. But all they did was make faces and giggle behind X’s back...”
(Gould, 167)
“I’m crying because it’s wonderful/ X has absolutely no identity problem!"
(Gould, 169)
Derrais Carter: The battlefield of identity
Women are “conditioned to be mistreated and ignored"
We are all connected
(Tarrant, 157)
Author
Writer known for her many publications on the life of women

Born in 1931 on December 18th in Manhattan, New York

Her mother was America’s first famous fashion designer, Jo Copeland

Gould describes her mother as a distant, self-involved and critical parent

What drove Lois Gould towards feminist literature?
Author
Born in 1931 on December 18th in Manhattan, New York

Writer known for her many publications on the life of women

Her mother was America’s first famous fashion designer, Jo Copeland

Gould describes her mother as a distant, self-involved and critical parent

What drove Lois Gould towards feminist literature?
Chapter 16, October 23, 2014
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Angelina Alberto, Jennifer Antonio, Angela Brydges

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