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Appearance vs Reality – Why ‘Transing’ Toddlers is Dangerous

Charlize Theron made headlines recently when she announced her adopted son was actually her daughter. Charlize said “Yes, I thought she was a boy too. Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said: ‘I am not a boy.’” See more here:

A mother recounts her own experience with a Transgender child at “I believe in reincarnation,” my 4-year-old announced, confidently. “And when I come back, I’m going to be a boy, and my name will be Shane.”

And Washington Post reports about a child, who at 2, decided they preferred boy things, so, their parents agreed to transition the biological girl, into a boy.

The question is: Can a toddler, or even a child, consciously decide to change gender?

Katie Alcock is a Psychologist, who recently posted a series of Tweets at Lancashire ReSisters, “a grassroots campaign group of adult human females dedicated to the protection of children and women’s rights.” She tweeted:

Here’s James, showing what 3 year olds think is the difference between boys and girls…

At this age and until quite a bit older children think that appearance and reality are equivalent and if one changes the other does – in other areas as well as in individual’s sex. This 4 year old thinks the real contents of the pot are evident to others.

Thankfully children get over this though some not before 8 or 9. Knowing about biology helps (i.e. who has what genitals). The 4yo doesn’t understand that sex is constant. The 9 yo is struggling not to say “well doh”

But during this phase children are saying they want to wear clothes associated with the opposite sex and OF COURSE they think this makes them BE the opposite sex.

I had a question at the end about the clash between the DSM5 diagnostic criteria and these well-replicated findings on sex/gender constancy. I answered in relation to psychiatrists. These medical doctors rarely have a degree in straight Psychology.

Typical child development isn’t much taught to medical students (in fact I was one briefly). A psychiatrist with an interest in autism may well educate themselves on all the current theories, and a delay in the ability to distinguish between appearance and reality is one facet.

But (though I don’t know all about psychiatrist training) you don’t always get every relevant finding brought up even in straight psychology degrees – we simply know too much about how children think to fit it all in!

Read the full thread here:

Books like ‘The Gender Fairy’ are read to 4 year olds in Australian Kindergartens. It tells them “Only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you.”

Who will tell them you’re okay just the way you are? You don’t need dangerous hormone treatments, or deformative and painful surgeries in order to be your authentic self. You can be a boy and play with dolls. You can be a girl and build space ships with lego.

A frightening upward trend in vulnerable children being checked in to Gender Clinics, with, or without parental consent is proof that children are receiving the wrong message.

It’s time to stop Gender Theory taking up valuable learning time at schools and let kids be kids.

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