The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes

Front Cover
The Experiment, Apr 5, 2016 - Social Science - 304 pages
From a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever—an up-to-date, all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents

In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender creative to describe children whose unique gender expression or sense of identity is not defined by a checkbox on their birth certificate. Now, with The Gender Creative Child, she returns to guide parents and professionals through the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.
 
In this up-to-date, comprehensive resource, Dr. Ehrensaft explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary. As an advocate for the gender affirmative model and with the expertise she has gained over three decades of pioneering work with children and families, she encourages caregivers to listen to each child, learn their particular needs, and support their quest for a true gender self.

The Gender Creative Child unlocks the door to a gender-expansive world, revealing pathways for positive change in our schools, our communities, and the world.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Very bad. Lots of fake facts. Doesn't understand law.
On Pg75 or 77, she says therapeutic intervention is illegal. No they are his parents, and it is called taking care of your child from becoming mentally ill.
I only read the preview, but the more I read, the worse it gets.

Contents

1 Who Is the Gender Creative Child?
1
2 Whats Your Gender?
21
3 The Gender Spread
48
4 When Its Gender and Something Else or Something Else
81
5 It Takes a Gender Creative Parent to Negotiate the Gender Maze
116
6 If Gender Is Expansive Wherefore a Shrink?
152
7 Do We Want a Doctor in the House?
184
8 Into the StreetsOnto the Screens
218
Whats Left to Learn?
245
Notes
259
References
266
Acknowledgments
272
Index
276
About the Author
286
Back Cover
287
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2016)

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD,is a developmental and clinical psychologist. At the University of California–San Francisco, she is the cofounder and director of mental health at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, an associate professor of pediatrics, and an attending psychologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic. Her work with—and advocacy for—gender creative children has been widely covered, including by The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and NPR. She has been featured on the Los Angeles Times online, Wired online, and has appeared on Anderson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Today Show.

Norman Spack, MD, is the director and cofounder of the Gender Management Service clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, the first US clinic to medically treat transgender children. Dr. Spack has helped pioneer the use of hormone blockers to delay puberty and of hormone replacement therapy in teens. He has received national attention for his 2014 TEDx Talk “How I Help Transgender Teens Become Who They Want to Be” (over one million views) and was featured in Diane Sawyer’s landmark interview with Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner. Dr. Spack is associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Bibliographic information