Tyler Ford
Move Over, Gender Binary!
"We should start with a blank slate and grow up to be people instead females or males."

Our new What’s Underneath episode presents Miley Cyrus muse, Rookie writer, and agender warrior Tyler Ford. Getting down to their American Eagle briefs, Tyler takes on all of the BS of society's gender binary as they tells about their journey from female (Tyler's assigned gender at birth) to male to a non-binary human being.

Here are some of the empowering truths that Tyler's video brings to the forefront:

THE DEVALUATION OF GIRLS STARTS RIGHT AWAY (1:30 - 2:29):
“In middle school, the only viable social currency was to dress as a girly girl. If the boys didn’t think you were hot, you were nothing, so I taught myself how to be a girl. I idolized Jessica Simpson and watched Newlyweds over and over again.”

SOMETIMES TRANSITIONING ISN’T THE ANSWER (4:26 - 5:59
“I wasn’t connecting with being on testosterone or living life as a guy. I didn't know what my future would look as non-binary person. It took maybe a year to solidify my identity and find a label that fit me, which is agender, and my pronouns are they, them, and their.”

ASEXUALITY IS COMPLICATED (6:30 - 6:57):
There are asexuals, like myself, who enjoy having sex but don’t often have it because the foundation for the action doesn’t really exist (which is a very complicated thing)."

WESTERN CULTURE FETISHIZES AND DEMEANS BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR (7:01 - 7:35):
“Growing up, the white kids in my class made fun of my hair. When I was eight, I started to chemically straighten my hair so I could look more like them. But I have come to love and appreciate my hair. It’s very me.”

For all of Tyler’s valiant liberation from the rigid gender binary, watch their episode above, then spread the message that our gender identity can evolve as we evolve as humans by sharing this post with your friends and loved ones.

Follow Tyler on Instagram: @tywrent
Follow them on Twitter: @tywrent
Tyler's episode was edited by Adaeze Elechi
What's Underneath is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

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