Free to Be You and Me: Normal Gender-Role Fluidity—Commentary on Diane Ehrensaft’s “Listening and Learning from Gender-Nonconforming Children” Related Papers

Rona Knight, PhD


This paper suggests that gender role fluidity is a normal self state throughout development. It discusses the nonlinear progression of gender role identity that is constantly fluid and reactive to biological, environmental, and psychological changes. Given the normal fluidity of gender role identity, it argues that giving puberty blockers to young children is against the best interests of the child’s development.

Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 68:57-70, 2014.

Link to Online Publication (the entire section Transgender Children, p.13-88, is featured on the publisher web site)

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Rita K. Teusch, PhD (2015). Sadomasochistic Relations Between Ego and Superego in Anorexic Patients. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32/1: 191-212, October 2015.

Anthony D. Bram, PhD and Jed Yalof, PsyD (2015). Quantifying Complexity: Personality Assessment and Its Relationship With Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 35, 74-97.

Mary Anderson, PhD (2015) The Conscious Heart: On the Act of Creation and the Compassionate Teachings of Art. Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Vol 43, No 1-2, pp. 21-31.

Michael J. Young, MPhil; Ethan Scheinberg; Harold Bursztajn, MD (2014). Direct-to-Patient Laboratory Test Reporting: Balancing Access With Effective Clinical CommunicationJAMA. 312(2): 127-128.

Steven H. Cooper (2014).The Things We Carry: Finding/Creating the Object and the Analyst’s Self-Reflective Participation. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24: 621-636.

Donna Fromberg, PsyD (2014). Trouble in the Family: The Impact of Sexual Boundary Violations in Analytic Institute Life. In Deutsch, Robin A., ed. (2014) Traumatic Ruptures: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship. New York, London: Routledge, 163-175.

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