How To Be A Girl
In this podcast, Marlo Mack (not her real name) tells the story of her son, who, at the age of three, informed his mother that he was not a boy, but a girl. At first, Marlo resisted - yes, her son loved princesses and dresses and pink, but maybe he was gay; maybe he would grow out of it; how could he possibly know that he was a girl, when he was hardly more than a toddler? But after a miserable year of denial and confusion, she at last came to understand that her child really did know, wholly and firmly, who she was, and Marlo began her new journey as the parent of a transgender daughter.
The audio is intimate, a little rough around the edges, and the happy chatter of her now seven-year-old daughter weaves in and out of the narrative. Marlo's daughter is among the first generation of children who will be supported to grow up trans, and in making this podcast, her mother is cracking open a private window to share this as-yet-little-known experience. But How To Be a Girl is more - much more - than just a socially and historically important story. It's a deeply moving portrait of the love between a mother and her kid, about the will to transform and the wish to belong, and the prejudices we don't even know we carry.
We press this into your hands with unreserved and urgent enthusiasm.
Gateway episodes: #1: Mama, I'm a Girl (7 Jun 2014) / #9: School (Part 1) (March 9, 2016)