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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Your Gender Is What?

Cody, a transgender 16-year-old, said her friends identify as things like raccoon gender vibe during a recent therapy session attended by a Los Angeles Times reporter.

WHAT THEY SAID

The reporter, Times Atlanta bureau chief Jenny Jarvie, included an account of the therapy session in her Tuesday profile of Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist who specializes in transgender youth.

  • “The way I describe [my gender] is vaguely abstract,” Cody, a biological female, told Anderson, a transgender woman. “I’m a guy, but slightly to the left … If you take, like, a normal guy? And then just kind of take away a little bit of the guy part, but you don’t go anywhere.”

Cody went on to explain that many of her friends “experience gender more as like a specific vibe rather than a physical category.”

  • “One friend says that their gender is the same vibe as a raccoon. They’re not saying that their gender is a raccoon. They’re saying that their gender has the same, like, chaotic, dumpster vibes as raccoons,” she told Anderson.
  • Asked what a human version of a dumpster would be like, Cody said, “There isn’t one; it’s just the same chaotic energy that their gender has, which is why it’s, like, very hard to explain. It’s just kind of like a dialect — a way to talk about gender that just kind of builds up within groups.”

SAME ENERGY

The Times profile of Anderson — who believes some of her colleagues have gone too far in their “gender-affirming care” of young people — was part of an unusual airing of dissent from the transgender rights movement by elite media this week.

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