Slate Calls It “Insidious” to Have Your Baby Called a Boy or a Girl, Implores People to Swear Off “Infant Gender Assignment”
It’s no surprise that liberals are guzzling the LGBT Kool-Aid by the gallon. But a new piece in Slate, which makes the argument that we should stop “infant gender assignment”, takes the crazy train a little too far.
The imaginary treatment I described above is real. Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost universally without even asking for the parents’ consent, making this practice all the more insidious. It’s called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It’s a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring’s genitals.
We tell our children, “You can be anything you want to be.” We say, “A girl can be a doctor, a boy can be a nurse,” but why in the first place must this person be a boy and that person be a girl? Your infant is an infant. Your baby knows nothing of dresses and ties, of makeup and aftershave, of the contemporary social implications of pink and blue. As a newborn, your child’s potential is limitless. The world is full of possibilities that every person deserves to be able to explore freely, receiving equal respect and human dignity while maximizing happiness through individual expression.
With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished–both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.
We see more and more and more high-profile stories about transgender people in the news. The shame and the mysticism surrounding them is fading at an exponential rate, as public consciousness matures from the depths of exploiting puerile stereotypes and bigoted joke depictions of the trans experience into a more complex awareness of, and sensitivity to, the humanity and emotions of non-cis people. Every parent today knows there is a chance their child might be transgender. A small chance, perhaps, but a chance higher than zero.
According to this insane blogger, we should wait until the child is two or three years old to make the decision about what gender they really, and at that point, we should trust what the toddler is telling us, as opposed to what our eyes are seeing — because, you know, three-year-olds are always mature enough to make decisions that have lifelong implications. It’s time we stop pretending that transgender is a real thing, too, and see it for what it is: a mental illness. If someone insisted that they were really a cow, we wouldn’t surgically graft horns on their head. People are male or female, and that truth is embedded into our DNA. It can’t be changed on the whim of a mentally ill individual, and we shouldn’t be encouraging it, either.
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