Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Delusions and Inaccuracies Coddled in Cases of Adolescent Gender Reconstruction

Patient X was born a girl. But apparently, at 18 months, the toddler said three words that changed everything: “I a boy.”

Now eight years old, the child still thinks of itself as a boy, quite possibly because her parents are idiots and have accepted their daughter’s clearly inaccurate assessment of her physical self. They not only refer to her as male but are also “watching for the first signs of puberty to begin [gender reassignment] treatment,” as MyWay News reports.

Go figure, they live in California. Los Angeles to be precise.

The story goes on to explain: “The child attends a public school where classmates don't know he is biologically a girl. For that reason, his mother requested anonymity.

“She said she explained about having a girl's anatomy but he rejected that, refused to wear dresses, and has insisted on using a boy's name since preschool.

“The mother first thought it was a phase, then that her child might be a lesbian, and sought a therapist's help to confirm her suspicion. That's when she first heard the term "gender identity disorder" and learned it's often not something kids outgrow.

“Accepting his identity has been difficult for both parents, the woman said. Private schools refused to enroll him as a boy, and the family's pediatrician refused to go along with their request to treat him like a boy. They found a physician who would, Dr. Jo Olson, medical director of a transgender clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

“Olson said that journal reports should help persuade more doctors to offer these kids sex-changing treatment or refer them to specialists who will.

“‘It would be so nice to move this out of the world of mental health, and into the medical world,’ Olson said.”

Of course, Olson neglected to say how much money she’d be swimming in if that happened.
She also didn’t mention how complicated the rest of the world becomes if we start accepting non-reality as reality…

If we start blurring the very obvious physical differentiations between man and woman, then how about the far less concrete lines between adolescent and adult? Or how about willing and unwilling?

I might have just taken the slippery slope too far, but perhaps not. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that gender reconstruction surgery at any age, much less for children, was completely unheard of.

And if we’re really going to stress that facts don’t matter, there’s no telling how far we’ll fall.

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