Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Pretend all you want, you can never change what you are
First, a little mood music:
It’s all good to belittle the critical gender theory majors in college. But it is another thing to be anything but aghast at a three year old boy’s inclinations towards self-mutilation being validated by quacks and his own parents, as is the case with Daniel McFadyen in Strathspey, Scotland.
“A few years ago Daniel’s mother, Kerry, came across then-three-year-old Master McFadyen attempting to cut his own genitals off with a pair of scissors ‘so he could be a girl.’ Appropriately concerned, the parents of this young man took their son to a medical doctor, who diagnosed the boy with ‘gender dysphoria,’ which Daniel—now six years old—describes as ‘[having] a girl’s head and a boy’s body.’
“Daniel’s parents plan to give him hormone blockers when he starts puberty, ‘until she [sic] is truly old enough to decide whether she [sic] wants to transition aged 16.’
“The doctors told the family ‘it would help to let Daniel live as a girl, so long as he knew he could change his mind.’ This would strike any reasonable person as a demonstrably insane ‘medical’ opinion, and one wonders why Daniel’s parents did not seek a second or a third opinion, or a fiftieth one, if that’s what it took.
“But they did no such thing. Apparently they simply went with it. ‘My daughter is so happy now,’ Kerry McFadyen says, ‘and a completely different child.’ These are objectively false statements. Mrs. McFadyen has a son, one who has been approximated to resemble a daughter but who nonetheless remains male. Daniel’s treatment represents little more than an abandonment of both medical and ultimately parental responsibility. He is, by any reasonable metric, a victim.”
The major problem is that the drugs alter who he is so that he doesn’t grow-up as he would naturally, and he necessarily can’t be “born that way”. That he would be permanently mutilated, with no chance of going back, can endanger the child, as it has endangered others, and lethally so.
Of course, some parents want to have it both ways when it comes to their own gender:
“Three weeks ago the Huffington Post published an article detailing the distress of transgendered parents who breastfeed, ‘The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed.’
“The article describes the way gendered pronouns and attitudes are excluding men who nurse, and the legalities associated with challenging the heretofore female-centric endeavor of breastfeeding.
“In particular, women who have had chest surgery and now identify as men, described how they are made to feel unwelcome in breastfeeding circles.”
Make up your mind! Do you want to be a mother who breast feeds or a father who biologically don’t have breasts that do not lactate (outside of rare medical conditions)?
But no one if forcing you to live like the opposite biological sex… unless you are a Christian:
“Married minister, father and makeup artist Barry Jones has filed suit against cosmetic powerhouse M.A.C. Cosmetics in a federal religious discrimination lawsuit. Jones ‘alleges that M.A.C. required him to wear makeup if he wanted to obtain certification to become a full-time makeup artist with the company.'”
The purported reason is to make the make-up artists understand how it feels to wear make-up. However:
“Jones wanted to become a M.A.C. trainer, but the makeup issue got in the way. He recalled telling his managers: ‘I don’t want to be pretty. I just want to be a handsome man, do my job and leave.'”