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It, Our Child

March 4th, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Beck Laxton and her partner Kieran, from Sawston in central England, referred to their son, Sasha, as “the infant” and dressed the youngster in ambiguous outfits to keep his sex a secret from friends and strangers. They decided to tell people the child’s gender after it became more difficult to conceal when he started pre-school.

“He,” if we may now call him that, was five years old when he learned he was a boy.

The wait isn’t over for baby Storm:

There’s nothing ambiguous about the baby’s sex. The parents know — as do brothers Jazz, five, and Kio, two, who somehow are apparently keeping their mouths shut. … When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to the rest of their friends and family that stated: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).”

The problem for teenagers in the ’60s was to “find themselves.” The problem for modern pre-schoolers is to find their gender.

Yahoo now offers a “common-sense guide to raising gender-neutral kids”:

1. Let your child pick his own clothes.

2. Eschew heavily gendered toys.

3. Don’t teach stereotypes.

4. Set a good example by not acting a gender part.

5. Don’t limit your child’s dreams of the future, etc.

Unless you raise your kids in a “gender-neutral” way you are failing in your duties as a politically correct parent … caregiver … guardian, whatever. Like optional infanticide, a child’s gender (you thought I was going to say ‘”your child” didn’t you?) is now a parent’s choice.

A Colorado family sued a school after administrators barred six-year-old Coy Mathis from using a girl’s bathroom:

Coy was born a boy but according to her mother she started expressing herself as a girl at the age of 18 months.

“For many transgender people, discrimination is a daily part of life. Unfortunately for Coy, it has started very early,” lawyer Michael Silverman said. “The world is going to be looking at the school (to) send a message to the world and teach tolerance, fair play and equal rights.”

There was a time when parents would have warned their male children against going into girls’ bathrooms dressed in a skirt. Today that’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Ironically, though you can’t be born a girl or a boy, it is still apparently possible to be born gay.

Conversion Therapy, for example, “is a range of pseudo-scientific treatments that aim to change sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual” and is — rightfully — condemned as unnatural. One of the reasons it’s so “hateful” is that people can’t help being gay. Some of the evidence cited is fascinating:

Some studies have found correlations between physiology of people and their sexuality. These studies provide evidence which they claim suggests that:

–Gay men report, on an average, slightly longer and thicker penises than non-gay men.

–Gay men and straight women have, on average, equally proportioned brain hemispheres. Lesbian women and straight men have, on average, slightly larger right brain hemispheres.

–The VIP SCN nucleus of the hypothalamus is larger in men than in women, and larger in gay men than in heterosexual men.

For a moment, the vision of Nazi Dr. Alfred Ploetz with his rulers, calipers, and photographs of Jewish skulls suggested itself:

Some people are just born different

But again, this is also somehow impossible, because the advocates of modern tolerance are born benign. An ABC News article quoted New York University professor Jonathan Haidt as saying that liberals are born, not made:

He believes that when a baby is born, his tiny brain contains a few fundamental moral ingredients, including empathy, fairness, respect for authority and group loyalty. As a child grows, genetics and experience will make some of those moral ingredients more important than others.  …

“The big difference between liberals and conservatives is a trait called ‘openness to experience,’” he explained while quizzing passers-by in Times Square. “Some people on the left tend to like variety, difference, something that’s different. People on the right tend to like things that are more predictable and orderly, more conventional.”

Born Republican

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So for a teenage boy to hang out in the girls’ locker room and showers need only declare he is transgendered?

I sense opportunity.
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I had been taught never to go into the girls’ bathroom, but nobody ever said anything about the Ladies’ Lounge.


I remember the day I lost my way
And wandered by mistake
Into a gorgeous ladies’ lounge
And did a double take
Soft lighting, carpet, and soft chairs
And mirrors by the score
Embraced a room of women who
Looked up as through the door
The apparition that was I
Asked pardon for my fault
They looked away as if to say
Too bad, it’s only Walt
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I think nature determines certain things statistically. The roughly 50:50 birth distribution between boys and girls, the average height of races and genders, etc is pretty much a given. In time people may discover they are statistical anomalies. For truly gifted children are not statistically normal.

But you find out if you're Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein or Charles Manson in due time. When you're 4 years old your parents and society owe you a template. When you ask them "where do I knock?" a good parent says "the door". You shouldn't bring kids up asking them questions like "do you think you're a boy or a girl?"

The normative is a guide without which a child would be very much disadvantaged. I am glad I was taught to walk on the floors and button my fly and told never to enter the girl's room. If we don't believe this, let's just take down the traffic signs and disable the stoplights and see what happens.

If in time people find a good reason for not behaving in the normative way they should make that decision as adults and not pursuant to some wacky fad their parents believed in growing up. I wonder how many of these transgender children are going to grow up hating their parents.
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I think to be fair, someone should investigate the drinking water in sexually ambiguous households....just look at what pollution does to fish.
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Conversion Therapy like most psychiatry and psychology is bogus. More research is needed into how genders are socially constructed; only then can be as a society construct, re-construct, and de-construct someone’s gender at will.
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Some people shouldn't be permitted to procreate. And how in the heck could someone tell that an 18-month old infant was expressing "itself" as one gender or another?
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Reminded of a great line in the movie, Parenthood:
Tod: You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming a-hole be a father.

(or a mother)
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I have TG f(r)iends who discovered they were the "wrong" gender at elementary school ages. I think there has to be some sensitivity to this. My f(r)iends did not receive that sensitivity, and suffered for it.

Still, children are impressionable, and can be taught. I believe they can be falsely taught they are the "wrong" gender and be made to suffer, also. Lord save them from confused, PC parents.

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I'm sorry, but what you are advocating (parenthtically) is religious persecution.

"Conversion Therapy, for example, “is a range of pseudo-scientific treatments that aim to change sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual” and is — rightfully — condemned as unnatural."

I don't know what "conversion therapy" is or is supposed to be, but there are a range of therapies for helping people who have homosexual tendencies live a normal life according to their beliefs. The point is not to "change" your tendencies, but to deal with them so that you can live a normal traditional married life.

Of course it isn't perfect, but what therapy is? It is no more "unnatural" then helping a person deal with OCD or kleptomania or ADD or any of the many things people are born with that get in the way of their living the life they wish to live.

What you are suggesting is evil. (And by the way, wasn't homosexuality itself referred to as "unnatural" until recently? I would love to see someone make a statement about homosexuality that does not equally apply to incest.)
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These parents disgust me. Stuff like this is why I send my boys to a private Christian school. Incidentally, I live in Austin. I first sent my kids to a "racially diverse" pre-school, but my oldest kept coming home and saying stuff like, "I don't like brown people." Try explaining to a 4-year-old why it's not ok to say that! I moved him to a less diverse school... comments ceased.

I'm probably in the minority here, but that pic of Bowie is hot :) Some guys can pull that androgynous look off and still be men!
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Years ago, while stationed in Hawaii, my next-door neighbor, a Navy chief and his wife, had a son of pre-school age. The wife (a weird duck if ever there was one) made no bones about the fact that she would rather have had a daughter, and she not only steered him into little-girl activities, but she also dressed him up in girls clothes. They got reassigned to a new base and we lost track of them, but I always wondered how that poor kid ended up--probably in some bath house in San Francisco.
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How curious. Many years ago, my wife and I attended a class on recognizing signs of sexual abuse of children. Over lunch, another attendee told us a heartbreaking tale. Her husband's father was a very macho Marine; her husband's mother wanted a little girl, and had dressed him in girl's clothes until he went off to elementary school, she painted his nails, etc. Not surprisingly, the father was absolutely furious, and apparently did not realize how much of this was the mother's doing.

Now, this woman was married to a very confused guy who was now preparing for sex change surgery. But of course, that could not have ANYTHING to do with the childrearing, could it?
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Of course, which is hard-coded in our genes very clearly, is just a simple construct that can be changed at a whim, but political ideology, which is nothing hard-coded in our genes, is now a deep-seated, inborn thing that cannot be altered however much we try?

Am I reading this right? The more liberals twist and try to make their reasoning work, the loonier it gets. The scary thing is that so many people find it reasonable based on nothing so much than that so-called experts deliver these pronouncements.
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I miss the ability to edit.

First bit should read "Of course, gender, which is ..."
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The bottom line appears to be that parents across ALL political and cultural lines would like their children to be somewhat, or a lot, like they are. We find it outrageous that parents whose values are different from ours do their parenting differently. Liberty really should not extend that far. People should use their liberty to do more or less what we do, right?
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