Is recognising ‘gender neutral’ going to get complicated?
The gender-neutral Mx. is used as a title for those who do not identify as being of a particular gender, or for people who simply don’t want to be identified by gender.
Pronounced to sound like mix or mux, the title Mx. is used increasingly on various official forms in the UK, including driver’s licenses and banking documents.
A new “gender neutral” school uniform policy has been introduced across the UK. 80 state schools including 40 primaries, have introduced gender-neutral policies allowing girls to wear trousers (which, beyond the school gate, many of us have been doing for at least a century) and boys to wear skirts. The move is part of a government-funded drive to support LGBT+ children in schools and be more open to children questioning their gender or sexual identity.
So what do you think? Does a primary school child have the maturity to truly question their gender identity? Most children like dressing up and pretending to be other people and a few may go through a phase of wanting to be someone else, including being a boy/girl, but changing your gender identity is a deeply complex issue. Teaching about tolerance and discrimination is important.
What are your views on our changing society? Do you have concerns about the move towards a gender neutral society or are you happy to embrace it?