Sunday, April 19, 2015

Transing kids


[Relocated from thenewbacklash]


Gender non-conforming youth - perhaps but not necessarily homosexual - are now being referred for medical treatment. This is the new conversion therapy.

Resources:

Selections from the website Transgender Reality:
-How Quickly It Happens
-From “Not Sure” To Sneaking Hormones Behind Parents’ Backs in a Week
-Another teen goes from “I’m happy in my male body” to “I am truly a girl” in a few days.
New blog from parents of children who want to transition: 4th Wave Now
Professor Sheila Jeffreys on "The transgendering of children: Gender eugenics"
Attorney Elizabeth Hungerford collects studies and reports on "transgender children."
Blogger Gallus Mag has written extensively on the transing of children.
Louis Theroux documentary on "Transgender Kids"

Some basic Google searching shows how common this is becoming:

-How in the hell is a first grader transgender?
-Seven year old "Transgender boy walks with pride"
-'Sometimes people forget I'm a boy'. Watch this 8-year-old talk about being transgender
-Number of under 10s referred to the NHS for help with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled – with kids as young as 3 receiving treatment
-Children of 12 to be allowed gender drugs to prepare for sex change
-This headline should read "Transgender kids: painful quest to be who they AREN'T"
-It is not "gender neutral parenting" to tell your male child he's a girl or your female child she's a boy
-They Looked Beautiful, They Looked Normal
-Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has unveiled the first pediatric transgender program in the Southwest

Can we talk about the "but my childhood was so miserable" stories, like this gem from Jezebel (my pet name: Jizzabel) ranting about how Janet Mock was never a boy (derp)?

"How are my lived experiences those of a boy? They are not. Boys do not cry themselves to sleep wishing they were female assigned at birth. Boys do not internalise messages about and directed at girls and women as part of female socialisation. Boys do not have parents who recognise their gender as "girl" at a young age."


Three things:


1) I cried myself to sleep many, many nights as a girl who didn't want to be female in a violently sexist world. I hid my period for a year and bound my chest with ace bandages not because I was "trans" but because being a woman means you are both a second class citizen and public f*ing property. And when women are allowed to talk about girlhood, it becomes apparent this experience was far from rare.


2) Consider the common experience of black children telling their parents they don't want to be black, they want to be white instead. Nobody says "OMG THEY MUST REALLY BE WHITE ON THE INSIDE QUICK SCHEDULE THEIR SKIN BLEACHING AND HAIR STRAIGHTENING." No, instead we talk about racism, and internalized racism, and protecting kids, and self-acceptance. 


3) A boy who doesn't live up to masculine stereotypes is not "really a girl" anymore than a girl who is a "tomboy" is "really a boy." Can we please get over this and just let kids be kids who grow organically into the only bodies they will ever have?






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