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Ethics – Gender confusion

June 2016

A mother has written to The Guardian to say she is afraid her little girl’s natural tomboy behaviour will see her packaged up and labelled as ‘transgender’ by society. The mother described her fear that, because her little girl dislikes ‘girls’ stuff’, she will be vulnerable to the ‘trans’ lobby telling her she is trapped in the wrong body.

She said she began to get worried as she read around the subject of ‘gender’. She wrote, ‘You see, it’s now controversial for me to say that, “Contrary to your opinion, I know you’re not a boy”.’

Citing her work as a teacher, she said, ‘I see this with teenagers every day, manifesting in anorexia and self-harm. We recognise this view of the body is pathological, although apparently as far as their “gender identity” is concerned the opinion of teenagers is all-powerful’.

According to the Christian Institute, the letter comes after much promotion of transsexualism in the UK, including a failed attempt by Brighton and Hove City Council to make children select what gender they consider themselves to be (see ET, May 2016).

The latest edition of the Family Education Trust’s bulletin describes how Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, was forced to withdraw a gender identity survey that invited 13-18-year-olds to describe their gender from one of 23 options, including gender non-conforming, gender queer, tri-gender, all genders and demi-boy.

The survey was withdrawn amid intense press criticism. It had formed part of a year-long project into children’s experiences of gender, carried out by four feminist academics across England and Wales.

Creation

Despite the survey being withdrawn, Brighton and Hove City Council (home to one of the academics involved) told parents that their children should select the sex they most identify with before starting school.

In April, a doctor at England’s only ‘gender identity clinic’ for under-18s said the UK should facilitate the ‘social revolution’ of transsexualism and then just wait to see how it turns out.

However, many organisations on both sides of the Atlantic have spoken out against pushing young children into a stereotype just to please the politically correct.

The Christian Institute’s deputy director for public affairs, Simon Calvert, said people should not be forced to ‘lie about other people’s gender’. He said, ‘It is wrong to make people who feel trapped in the wrong body believe that surgery, or “non-gendering” of official records, will solve all their problems. It won’t. This is borne out by the tragically high suicide rate for people who have had a sex change operation’.

In the US, the American College of Paediatricians warned against pushing children towards a gender identity and forcing them to take drugs to supress their natural development.

God himself chose our gender while we were yet unborn. As Psalm 139 says: ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

‘My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be’.

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