Root Cause Analysis

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  1. Marcy says:

    New Rule: I must read these blogs before I put on mascara and preferably not just before work. I nodded and teared up the whole time, much of the earlier part really could have been written by me, the emotion part in the beginning. You are so strong Jo. You will get there and society will see you the way you see yourself, the way your husband sees you and me as a strong, beautiful, loving woman and so much more. I also have to admit, knowing you were going to write this and the “root cause” would be revealed I was a little nervous but relieved to read that my fear of all this pain being caused by me….I love you bunches.

  2. It is incredibly beautiful (and heart-wrenching) to hear your story. Thank you for putting it out there. You can thank (or blame?) your mom for spreading your blog posts to the other parents. My oldest child already identifies as transgender at five and hopefully will never have to feel unheard. I take your advice about listening to heart. I also hope that you have more opportunities to explore feminism, which, at it’s core, is about exactly what you are striving for – that all of us be validated as human. That’s my understanding, anyway, even though others may have different views or use that term in different ways. And it’s because of feminism (and queer theory, probably) that I now think about “all genders” rather than “both genders”, which is an important validation for many non-binary, genderqueer people out there. Best of luck with your continued journey, and thank you for being a great role model for the ones coming along behind you.

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