Replies to the Raised as a Boy YKTTW
suggest that we need this, so...
A couple has a baby that's the opposite gender from the one they wanted
. For whatever reason, they decide that rather than keep trying, they're going to raise the existing child as if they were the desired gender.
Once the kid is a little older, this usually leads to conflict between the child and the parents and/or inner conflict for the child, who has to weigh the desire to be thmselves against their desire to please their parents (or keep their inheritance or what have you). In a few cases, though, the child turns out to identify just fine with the gender they were raised as.
The following examples are mostly taken from the Raised As A Boy YKTTW
. Beware of inherent spoilers.
Girls (/Female-Bodied People) Raised as Boys
Boys (/Male-Bodied People) Raised as Girls
- Daisy in the Christopher Durang play Baby with the Bathwater.
- The singer in The Who's song "I'm A Boy":
I'm a boy, I'm a boy, but my ma won't admit it; I'm a boy, I'm a boy, but if I say I am, I get it.
- Angela in Sleepaway Camp
- Lord Fanny in The Invisibles: s/he is born as a boy into a family of powerful female witches, and s/he is raised as a girl so that s/he can continue the family tradition (which is forbidden to men). Her/his grandmother even chastises her/his father for producing a male child instead of the preferred female one. Fanny quite easily accepts the gender she is given and grows up to be a transgendered woman with magical powers.