Skip to comments.Transgender Five-Year-Old?
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.
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.
Is Your 5-Year-Old Transgender?
Don’t worry... It’s just due to earthbound spirits of the opposite gender attaching!
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Child molestation under the veneer (or is it tyranny) of “therapy”.
“If a two year old insisted she were a dinosaur...”
What if she claimed to be Cherokee indian?
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.
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.
A chromosome check will tell you all you need to know and dispel their stupid kooky "theories."
At 2 my brother thought he was a choo choo train.
The people raising the child in this article are fruitcakes.
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.
Thanks for the link.
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.