While I myself find pleasure in fluidity regarding gender, I have always been drawn to the parts that society considers ‘masculine.’ As a girl growing up, I liked my cut-offs and t-shirts displaying comic book heroes or sports teams. I remember attending a wedding reception when I was about seven years old and being secretly jealous of a boy’s dress-up clothes – his suit to my floral dress. I remember wishing they made Ninja Turtle underwear for girls. I remember taking my shirt off while in the yard on a summer day, and my sister telling on me to my mom, who simply told me I needed to keep my shirt on. I did not resist, because I was given the message that girl’s weren’t supposed to (both resist and take shirts off). Despite this message, my parents supported me around other things I loved - baseball and action figures, both found in a section separate from the Barbie dolls in the store. Today, I enjoy a well-constructed blazer, and other structured garments for my professional wardrobe. I want my middle school students to know that it’s okay to blur gender lines, and to be comfortable in who you are. In my time off, I can still be found wearing cut offs and t-shirts with graphic prints, staying true to the child I once was.