Are you a boy, or a girl? If that’s too difficult of a question, or you’re just too confused to pick a gender, there’s always the option to just be… nothing! In an interesting article posted on Broadly Vice, they claim that 27 percent of California teens are “gender nonconformig” or GNC for short.

“According to a new study out of UCLA, more than a quarter of California adolescents feel comfortable enough to dismiss societal pressures to identify with one gender or another. The survey included a question for young people (ages 12-17) about gender expression. Participants had to answer how they thought their classmates viewed them in terms of their appearance, style, dress and/or the way they walk or talk; the answers ranged from “very feminine” to “very masculine.”

“Ultimately, the study’s authors found that 27 percent, or 796,000, of California’s youth, are GNC. Of the two sub-groups, 21 percent were classified as androgynous, and 6 percent as highly GNC.”

This is scary. While most students in California have had that talk with their parents, and understand the difference between a boy and a girl, 27 percent of them are still refusing to accept the facts of life. The study even shows that 6 percent of students are “highly gender nonconforming”, so does that mean they’re even more idiotic? They go on to reveal that 17 percent of those GNC teens have mental issues. Adding that teachers and mentors need to conform to this new way of thinking, saying nothing of the fact that maybe we need to teach our kids that there are only two genders, and you cant just be nothing.

Finally, Bianca Wilson, the Rabbi Barbara Zacky Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute and author of the study, had this to say:

 “I think it makes sense for other states to assume that their youth populations are also diverse. The actual number may be slightly different, but there’s no reason to not assume that they also have diverse gender expression among their student populations and youth populations, and that needs to be taken into account. We need to be looking at all of our youth as much more diverse. We’re not just talking about a few youths. I think it does have the potential to be encouraging for youth who might also be experiencing harassment or bullying.”

It never makes sense to assume. California has always been one of those states where people tend to have wild ideas. I guarantee you that places like Ohio or Texas don’t have these kinds of numbers, not even “slightly” different ones, as she put it. “Diverse gender expression” is madness. You were either born a man or a woman. There is no in-between gender or a nothing gender. Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation.

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