La scelta di mettere una ragazzina transgender sulla copertina del numero di gennaio del National Geographic, per l'articolo che affronta l'identità di genere e il ruolo di maschi e femmine nella società, spiegata dalla capo redattrice Susan Goldberg. Cose che riconciliano con il mondo del giornalismo.
Today that and other beliefs about gender are shifting rapidly and radically. That's why we're exploring the subject this month, looking at it through the lens of science, social systems, and civilizations throughout history.
In a story from our issue, Robin Marantz Henig writes that we are surrounded by "evolving notions about what it means to be a woman or a man and the meanings of transgender, cisgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, or any of the more than 50 terms Facebook offers users for their profiles. At the same time, scientists are uncovering new complexities in the biological understanding of sex. Many of us learned in high school biology that sex chromosomes determine a baby's sex, full stop: XX means it's a girl; XY means it's a boy. But on occasion, XX and XY don't tell the whole story."