omg, is this Medium or have I stumbled into a parallel universe. EVERY comment here, EVERY SINGLE ONE is negative to the point of being vile & hateful.
Jody, this is the first writing of yours I’ve read, to me it seems level-headed, honest, I just don’t see the issue with writing about what & whom you know best, with proper precautions taken. OF COURSE we have to worry about the messages society feeds us & our loved ones, and no this does not equate to shaming or blaming them.
I have started writing about my kids, albeit in innocent, anecdotal ways — but I will take your advice into consideration as they become older & as parenting becomes more challenging.
On a related note — my first ever Medium article was about my relationship as a straight cis male to the LGBTQ community. I got a lot of positive feedback but also a lot of hate mainly from LGBTQ folks saying this isn’t about you. Well guess what — this is about me. I don’t presume to write for others, but I wrote about my own journey. In this case, my evolution from absorbing & internalizing derogatory terms like ‘faggot’ and ‘fairy’, to tolerance and support, to a higher plain of solidarity & gratitude & realization that my life had been “enriched, my consciousness raised, my place in society put in perspective, for each and every interaction with someone of desires, dreams, aspirations and orientation different from mine.”