At the beginning of Gender Revolution, Katie Couric‘s new documentary for National Geographic, she says: “It used to be so simple: You were a boy, or you were a girl … but that was then, and this is now.” Immediately, a scene from Amazon’s Transparent flashes across the screen. Jill Soloway’s critically-acclaimed series is just one example of how gender has dominated the cultural conversation in recent years.
“My daughter told me that her classmates in school introduce themselves by their pronouns,” Couric said recently by phone. “I thought, ‘Things have really changed since I was in college.'” Over the course of two hours, the award-winning journalist breaks down long-held misconceptions about gender identity through interviews with everyone from elementary schoolers to former professional tennis player Renée Richards.