This is the kind of thing where I've now begun to wonder if it's gotten more or less complicated.
First of all, there are a lot of societal perceptions.When I grew up(80's-90's) there was a general attitude that girls basically couldn't do as much as boys. Oh, you're female? Well, why would you want to do anything but clean, cook,shop, raise babies and look pretty for boys. I just didn't like it. However,I refuse to use cliche terms now either. I was born with female genitals and have always been female. I got really awkward about my body and life in general circa age 14. I didn't want to be a boy but for awhile zi cut my hair short, and some people thought I was one.I quickly went from having the body contours of a child(including being quite small for my age) to having a body much curvier than most 14 year old girls get. But with baggy shirts I could hide it.Also I had a very young looking mom who was usually mistaken for my sister, and huge, obnoxious, oddly behaved dad.
Perceptions have changed a bit from then and I now have my hair longer and am not likely to pass for a man in my adulthood.I just figure I am me, and nuts to people's perceptions...I don't usually wear makeup(so I guess I am percieved as ugly then even though I am actually quite decent looking,I just don't like smearing stuff on my face)I love hockey, which doesn't make me a man, or gay It's just what I like. I shudder to think some kids start thinking they're the opposite sex because they're playing with the wrong toys....toys today seem to have gone from largely gender neutral to "boy" and "girl" with some dolls dressing more like call girls. It just makes me wonder when most of the cases of transgender children seems to be male to female,I hope these kids aren't been told by everyone that they are girls simply because thy like oversexed dolls(which I don't know if I deem appropriate for a child of either gender) or sparkly things of girly girl clothes(in my day we had a lot of gender neutral clothes)finally after the umpteenth person tellling them they are a girl because they like certain things, they start to believe they are(I'm not saying this is always the case, but I think it sometimes might be)