Just when you think you’ve heard it all, something even more bizarre and disturbing occurs, and you can only scratch your head and wonder, “What’s next?”
Consider these recent news stories.
1) September, in Georgia. The “father” of a 7 year-old girl (who gave birth to her before undergoing sex-change surgery) announced that he/she was suing the McIntosh County Public School system in rural Georgia in an attempt to force his/her daughter’s school to allow her to use the boy’s bathroom. The father/mother claimed that his/her daughter had begun to identify as a boy at the age of 18 months (!) and insisted in the law suit that she be able to use the boy’s bathroom.
The school had initially agreed to let the girl use the boy’s bathroom when it was unoccupied, then, when that was deemed unsatisfactory, the school made arrangements to let her use the faculty bathroom, but the father/mother wasn’t satisfied, announcing legal action.
And is it just a coincidence that a child raised by her-mother-who-became-her-father is herself suffering from gender confusion?
2) October, in California. It was reported in the news that the adoptive lesbian mothers of an 11 year-old boy have put him on hormone therapy to block the onset of puberty with the goal of having him undergo sex-change surgery as soon as possible. His lesbian parents claim that he began to say that he was a girl when he was just three years-old, and they began to “transition” him into becoming a girl when we was only 8. Mental health professionals have rightly called this child abuse.
And is it just a coincidence that a boy raised by two lesbians (who might not have the healthiest view of men) thinks that he is a girl?
3) October, in Colorado. In this, the most recent story, the mother of a 7 year-old boy who likes to dress like a girl asked that he be allowed to join the local Girl Scouts.
Initially, the mother’s request was turned down by the local troop leader. This, however, was quickly reversed by Girl Scout officials, who issued this statement: “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them.”
As explained by Rachelle Trujillo, vice president of communications with Girl Scouts of Colorado, “We make the distinction that if a child is living life as a girl and the family brings the child to us and says my daughter wants to be a girl scout, we welcome her.” But there is a line they draw: Trujillo said boys who are living like boys will not be admitted. “The child must be living life as a girl.”
And there you have it. A boy who thinks he is a girl and is “living life as a girl” (or, his family “presents” him as a girl) can become a girl scout, since the organization is “inclusive.”
This is patently absurd, nothing better than linguistic and sociological gibberish. In short, you can be as “inclusive” as you want to be, but that doesn’t alter reality. (See also my recent article, “The Girl Who Thought She Was a Werewolf Article.”)
It’s one thing to say that a grown man who has undergone sex-change surgery is now a woman (although I would still dispute that claim). It’s another thing to say that a little boy is now a girl simply because he says he is. And it is still another thing for an organization to accept that child’s beliefs as reality.
A Girl Scout leader who called my radio show reminded me that the girls in her group often talk about girl things, meaning things that only genuine girls can relate to, and they often camp out together and share bathroom facilities as well.
A boy who thinks he is a girl has no right intruding on these other girls, especially at the onset of puberty and beyond, and to allow him to do so is insanity.
Think about it. If an Asian boy is absolutely convinced that he is a Native American and his family “presents” him as such, should he be entitled to government benefits set aside for Native Americans? If a Caucasian teen is sure that he is really black and his family “presents” him as such (whatever that would mean), should he be considered for a college scholarship for minority students?
The sky is really the limit, and if a boy can be a girl scout, anything is possible.
That is a frightening thought.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.
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