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Transgender Five-Year-Old?
National Review Online ^ | May 22, 2012 | Mona Charen

Posted on 05/22/2012 4:32:42 PM PDT by neverdem

A five-year-old child with large dark eyes, full lips, and a button nose stares out from the front page of the Washington Post Sunday edition. “Transgender at Five” declares the provocative headline. The child’s hair is being cut in a close, boy’s cut by her father.

We learn from the article that “Tyler,” who was born “Kathryn,” began insisting that she was a boy at the age of two. “‘I am a boy’ became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing, breathing.” The child’s parents, at first uneasy and later accepting their girl’s desire to be a boy, agreed to raise her as a boy. Starting at age four, she began to wear boys’ clothes, was permitted to choose a boy’s name for herself, and has been introduced to family, friends, teachers, and fellow congregants at church as a boy. 

Oh boy.

Let’s stipulate, for the sake of argument, that something called “gender dysphoria” — with which Tyler was diagnosed at age four — does exist. Let’s further agree, again for the sake of argument, that the proper treatment of this condition is choosing to live as the other sex, with all that such a radical decision implies. Is there any reasonable way to conclude that something as drastic as attempting to change one’s sexual identity can be undertaken by a four-year-old?

“Parents who ignore or deny these problems,” warns the Post, “can make life miserable for their kids, who can become depressed or suicidal, psychiatrists say.” How many psychiatrists? The very most that can be said is that the practice of treating children for what is sometimes called “gender identity disorder” is highly controversial in the psychiatric world. Some psychiatrists want to change the name to “gender incongruence” to remove the word “disorder.” Others, like Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, think the whole idea of treating children for this condition is unwise. “We shouldn’t be mucking around with nature,” he told Fox News. “We can’t assume what the outcome will be.”

Apparently, hormone blockers are being prescribed more and more for children with “GID.” The hormone blockers postpone puberty indefinitely and thus, the Post explains, “give the kids more time to decide who they are and whether switching genders is the answer to their problems.” Dr. McHugh calls giving hormone blockers to children “child abuse.” Some young people are having “gender reassignment” surgery as early as age 16. 

Perhaps some tiny percentage of children truly are born to feel trapped in the body of a person of the wrong sex. But it is undeniable that the vast majority of children go through stages. I recall wishing to be a boy myself when I was about five or six. I didn’t like frilly dresses and asked my playmates to call me “Timmy.” Perhaps mine was a normal tomboy phase and maybe that’s distinguishable from what Tyler is experiencing. But how can we be sure? The Post quotes Dr. Edgardo Menvielle, of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., who has been treating “transgender kids” for a decade. About 80 percent, he says, switch back to the gender they were born into by the time they reach adulthood.

The problem with the Post’s recommended approach — which amounts to “let’s accept a child’s version of reality to avoid causing depression or worse” — is that the decision of parents to indulge a child’s whim on gender identity is itself irreversible. The effects of hormone blockers, the Post reassures readers, are fully reversible. Maybe. How much research can there have been on such a new practice? Would parents who hesitate to let their kids eat preservatives or non-organic eggs consent to block the complex hormones that begin to flood kids’ bodies at puberty? In any case, the decision to dress a girl in boys’ clothing, cut her hair, and call her a boy — even if reversed later — must, absolutely must, scramble a child’s psyche. Imagine the confrontation between a teenaged girl who has changed her mind and the parents who raised her as a boy. “Did you not think I was pretty enough to be a girl? Wasn’t I feminine enough?” Or, perhaps even more damaging, a teenaged boy demanding to know whether his father thought him lacking in masculinity as a child. It’s a psychological minefield.

We have the technology to make — or at least appear to make — women into men and vice versa. If adults choose to do this to themselves (and can afford it), that’s their business. But a child? One wonders: What other major life decisions should four-year-olds be judged competent to make?

Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2012 Creators Syndicate, Inc.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: genderdysphoria; gid; homosexualagenda; psychobabble; transgender
A kid with ambiguous genitalia is one situation, but with normal genitalia, no way with this transgender psychobabble. Besides psychobabble, I'm at a loss for keywords.
1 posted on 05/22/2012 4:32:45 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Is Your 5-Year-Old Transgender?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2886557/posts


2 posted on 05/22/2012 4:35:54 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Don’t worry... It’s just due to earthbound spirits of the opposite gender attaching!


3 posted on 05/22/2012 4:37:21 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: neverdem

This isn’t child abuse, no.

Reading your child the story in Genesis about God creating us male and female...now THAT’S child abuse.

/sarc


4 posted on 05/22/2012 4:37:35 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: neverdem
Corrupting the little ones. I think the bible has something to say about this...

If a two year old insisted she were a dinosaur, would her parents accept it and agree to raise her as a dinosaur? Of course not, and this is the same principal, ie claiming to be something you are not and never can be.

5 posted on 05/22/2012 4:38:43 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: neverdem

Mt daughter started insisting she was a dog at age 2. I guess I should have put her in a cage until she was potty trained.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 4:38:51 PM PDT by Ben Mugged ("Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne)
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To: neverdem

Let the lunatics run the asylum. The kid if 5 for crying out loud! She doesn’t have a clue about ANYTHING! Unless the “parents” have brainwashed her in their effort to cash in on their “15 minutes”.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: neverdem

Child molestation under the veneer (or is it tyranny) of “therapy”.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 4:44:58 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

“If a two year old insisted she were a dinosaur...”

What if she claimed to be Cherokee indian?


9 posted on 05/22/2012 4:50:19 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: neverdem

Kids pretend they are lots of things, and it means nothing (except that they have an active imagination). For the parents to then pretend that she really is a boy is extremely irresponsible. I remember going through a stage where I had an imaginary friend; another where I pretended to be a chicken; and I always was a tomboy. I don’t recall that my parents ever took my imaginations seriously.

Parents who act upon their child’s imagining that they are of the other gender should be subjected to the same laws as anyone else who abuses a child. Because it *is* emotional abuse.


10 posted on 05/22/2012 4:57:49 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Owl558

11 posted on 05/22/2012 4:57:56 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: neverdem

It is psychobabble. It is irrational and trying to force unnatural, artificial social constructs—made up by evil people who want to molest children—emotionally as well as physically—to confuse children and destroy their health with toxins.

Children need to learn the Truth-—not some mentally ill person’s idea of “reality”. These “adults” are abusing children and should never be allowed near any children. They are forcing mental illness on children which will not only destroy their mental health and logic and reason-—but destroy their physical development making them addicts of drugs and warped idea of human beings.


12 posted on 05/22/2012 5:04:30 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: neverdem

NO!

Idiot parents!


13 posted on 05/22/2012 5:06:25 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: neverdem
Other than the obvious, another infuriating factor about stories like this is that whoever the reporter is ALWAYS refers to the child by its opposite gender, AS IF IT IS SO.

A chromosome check will tell you all you need to know and dispel their stupid kooky "theories."

14 posted on 05/22/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: neverdem

At 2 my brother thought he was a choo choo train.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 5:10:17 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: neverdem
When my daughter was very tiny, she insisted her name was Lisa (NOT her name) and she was 16 years old. She wouldn't answer when I called her and asked why she didn't answer, she would say because her name is Lisa. This went on for about a year. Finally it just stopped. Twenty something years laters, she's a well-adjusted young wife and mother and has no memory of "Lisa".

The people raising the child in this article are fruitcakes.

16 posted on 05/22/2012 5:22:33 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama

These type of events are very common and well documented by Dr. Ian Stevenson at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

My one son did the same thing. Pointed out who his father in church one day (the guy was a total stranger to all of us except my 2 yr old); told me about his dog and how he was killed in a motorcycle accident prior to being born.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 5:29:29 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Thanks for the link.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 5:31:05 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I’ll assume the parents love the child and are seriously trying to help. I’ll also assume the doctors really believe in GID and are trying to “fix” the child. Nevertheless, this GID business seems foolish to me. As other FReepers posted, children go through phases where they believe all sorts of things.

As parents, I think we played along when our children imagined themselves as something else. I’m sure we also experienced times where our children were extremely stubborn. I don’t see the harm of letting a child believe they’re something else so long as it’s play time. On the other hand, letting the child stubbornly behave as they insist or administering drugs to them to stop the natural order of things strikes me as child abuse.

If this child insisted she was a bird, would the parents let her jump off roofs? If she insisted she was a cat, would they implant an artificial tail or do plastic surgery to give her pointed ears? Yeah. Seems insane.


19 posted on 05/22/2012 5:43:51 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping


20 posted on 05/22/2012 5:46:15 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: neverdem; Revolting cat!; wagglebee

At least she didn’t want to be a cat.


21 posted on 05/22/2012 7:06:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: neverdem

She was born naked. There is no clothing gene. Clothing is determined by local social custom and styles.

The desire to “wear the clothes of the other sex” is mental.

Transexuals aren’t happier after mutilating their organs. It’s akin to “cutting” one’s self.

Appealing to her calls for attention are resulting in the wrong conclusions.


22 posted on 05/22/2012 7:10:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: neverdem

Agreed. And this is even worse than telling children this age that they are homosexual, because the physical ramifications might not be reversible. This is in contrast to kids told they are gay and who may decide they are heterosexual upon puberty and the literally physical reality of attraction to the opposite gender.
The therapist who says she’s a he is probably looking for come-uppance to others. Sheesh, the therapist didn’t even say “your daughter is a lesbian at 5” but “let’s chemically mutilate your kid!”. That’s malpractice.


23 posted on 05/22/2012 7:35:07 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: neverdem

psychology is evil


24 posted on 05/22/2012 7:37:03 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: tired&retired

There are jokes about lunatics running the asylum, but no one considered them SANE.
Now we have elites who think holding to traditional family values, belief in God, being pro-life and respect authority are crazy - but people like the one you describe and the parents of this “your daughter should be a son” are treated as normal.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 7:40:36 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: neverdem
The child’s parents, at first uneasy and later accepting their girl’s desire to be a boy, agreed to raise her as a boy. Starting at age four, she began to wear boys’ clothes, was permitted to choose a boy’s name for herself, and has been introduced to family, friends, teachers, and fellow congregants at church as a boy.

Bullshit!

This 'child' has NO 'parents; just some FOOLS who evidently are raising a little bitch that will get HER way in everything!


Dancing With the Stars; here we come!



26 posted on 05/22/2012 7:49:34 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: a fool in paradise
At least she didn’t want to be a cat.



Cat Man do!   (will he EVER move to Nepal??)
 
 
 
 Dennis Avner, also known by "Catman" or his native american name of "Stalking Cat",
 has undergone incredible extensive surgery in order to look like his totem animal, the tiger.
Modifications include extensive tattooing, transdermal implants to allow whiskers to be worn,
subdermal implants to change the shape of the face and the filing and shaping of the teeth to make them look more like a tiger's.

27 posted on 05/22/2012 7:58:10 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: PistolPaknMama
When my daughter was very tiny, she insisted her name was Lisa (NOT her name) and she was 16 years old.

My oldest niece did the same except her name was Courtney and she was five. She was two at the time. We finally got her a doll and named it Courtney. That was the end of that! :)

My other niece declared she was a puppy about the same age and would crawl about on her hands and knees barking and wanting chin rubs. That lasted until they bought a kitty. After that she was a lion tamer.

Kids are full of fun and some rather odd quirks. But you can't base their entire life on what they do at that age.

28 posted on 05/22/2012 8:07:54 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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29 posted on 05/23/2012 11:16:33 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: PistolPaknMama

“When my daughter was very tiny, she insisted her name was Lisa (NOT her name) and she was 16 years old.”

Can you clarify ages? This is confused. How old is she now?


30 posted on 05/23/2012 12:35:47 PM PDT by BonRad (Ut Roma cadit, sic omnis terra -As Rome falls, so the entire world)
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To: tbw2

“Sheesh, the therapist didn’t even say “your daughter is a lesbian at 5” but “let’s chemically mutilate your kid!”. That’s malpractice.”

TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. 99.99% OF THE TIME IT IS THE PARENT WHO NEEDS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP RATHER THAN THE CHILD!


31 posted on 05/23/2012 1:07:18 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: neverdem

I’d be curious to see if there is any correlation by parenting style. I suspect what we’re seeing is liberal flakes raising kids using the philosophy of liberalism. GIGO.


32 posted on 05/23/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Copenhagen Smile
Whether or not you believe in God or God's laws, Natural Law dictates an important role for parents. Children are born without any history or experience and are thus wholly ignorant of the long term consequences of their decisions.

Good parents shepherd their children letting them learn and grow within the confines of safety. What if this little girl decided she was a tiger and not a human being at all. Would her parents place her in the tiger enclosure of the nearest zoo?

That kind of child abuse would be obviously deranged, but somehow liberals and their APA enablers have allowed us to be groomed to believe that genetically based sex/gender is simply a social construct. That you can consciously choose your sex. That is insane and this insanity, along with attempting to normalize homosexuality, needs to be pointed out. It is destructive and foolish and cruel to pretend that the abnormal is normal and acceptable.

This is child abuse and it is devilish.

33 posted on 05/23/2012 4:55:27 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: savagesusie

It is just another point on the continuum of liberalism/progressivism. This particular thread was kicked into high gear by the 1972/73 removal of homosexuality from the APAs DSM.

Imagine the case where a patient tells you that they desire to stick some item up their rectum. Under what circumstance do you define that as normal?


34 posted on 05/23/2012 5:00:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
This is child abuse and it is devilish.

The world view is that man is inherently good, the goal of man is self actualization (Maslows hierarchy of needs) or acting on our inner desires.

Evil is what prevents us from acting out our inner desires. What prevents this is Christianity. Thus Christianity is evil

35 posted on 05/23/2012 5:11:23 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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