Can science help us navigate the shifting landscape of gender identity? Mandy (below) identifies as fa’afafine, a third gender in Samoa.
I Am Nine Years Old
National Geographic traveled to 80 homes on four continents to ask kids how gender affects their lives. The answers from this diverse group of children were astute and revealing.
Making A Man
In traditional cultures the path to manhood is marked with ceremonial rites of passage. But in societies moving away from strict gender roles, boys have to find their own ways to become men.
In some ways it’s easier to be an American girl these days: Although beauty still rules, people are more accepting of differences. In another way it’s worse: Everything plays out on social media.
Dangerous Lives of Girls
In Sierra Leone, wracked by civil war and Ebola, nearly half of girls marry before 18, and many become mothers by 19. Yet even in this troubled land, some girls find a way to rise.
Dads At Home
More than in most nations, Sweden’s parental leave involves fathers.
Girls At Risk
A by-the-numbers look at how girls and women around the world are faring, from education to equal opportunity.
On The Cover:
Youth interviewed for this issue on gender include Avery Jackson, a transgender girl living in Kansas City, Missouri
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