National Geographic, the official magazine of the National Geographic Society, recently revealed the two cover designs chosen for their special issue titled “Gender Revolution.”
One cover features a 9-year old Avery Jackson, a 9-year old boy who identifies as a girl, wearing pink from head to toe and lounging above the quote, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.” Whatever that means.
The alternate cover shows a group of seven individuals, each accompanied by a small white caption noting the individual’s “gender.” Although National Geographic found room for two individuals who are identified as “transgender female,” and one identified as “male” there apparently wasn’t enough room to include every gender. Notably, although not surprisingly, missing from the “gender revolution”: WOMEN.
According to National Geographic editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg, “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.”
Let National Geographic know what you think of their special issue here.
Why We Put a Transgender Girl on the Cover of National Geographic — National Geographic
“Gender Revolution” — National Geographic