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Gender—good for nothing

Our preoccupation with gender identity is a cultural step backwards. For me, the self transcends sex

By Lionel Shriver   May 2016

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From childhood, I experienced being female as an imposition. Growing up between two brothers, I was the one who had to wear stupid dresses, and worry about (the horror, in my day) letting my panties show on the swings. My brothers got to take off their shirts during sultry North Carolinian summers, while I wasn’t allowed to, even during the years my chest looked just like theirs.

Yet the impositions were just beginning. Periods were hideous. Did…

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