Alice Dreger is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, and a guest advisor to Savage Love. She writes a number of blogs, which you can read here. This essay, about a child’s view of gay marriage rights, recently appeared on the Psychology Today blog.
Last week, my son and I were trundling up the hill from the Washington Metro station to our hotel when he spoke a line that has been ringing in my ears ever since.
We had just passed two women, one carrying a baby in her arms, the other pushing a three year old in a stroller. We had been eavesdropping as we passed, and so we had heard the two of them talking about schedules for later that day. I subconsciously read these two women as either two friends or as a woman with her nanny. But my son, who had just turned eleven, read them differently. As soon as we cleared them, he said to me, “They might be lesbians. They’re legal here.”
See Dr. Dreger’s brilliant TED Talk, “Democracy After Anatomy“.