"It might be, as many commentators argue, that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in how we imagine and perform gender."
Dr. Laurie Essig is a professor of sociology and women and gender studies at Middlebury College. In our modern age, she considers gender to be “a red-hot mess.” From her perspective, this aspect of human identity is now at odds: on the one hand, our society has made the gender binary so pronounced as to make even the thought of differing from the norm painful, while on the other hand, gender fluidity is more visible now than ever before. Whatever the case, it is clear to Dr. Laurie that things are changing in the realm of gender identification.
"It might be, as many commentators argue, that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in how we imagine and perform gender. But revolutions have a way of bringing out the reactionaries among us and so whether our gender will become more fixed and inflexible or more blurred and open remains to be seen." Laurie Essig Ph.D.