It, Our Child
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:
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.”