While I thoroughly enjoyed concerts by Boy George and David Bowie, as well as creative costumes of their audiences, it’s all in the realm of artistry and entertainment. But now we’re trying to bring gender bending into everyday life. This is confusing to children.
Anyone who see Boy Erased should question how appropriateness the treatment center that Jared Eames (Lucas Hedges) received in the movie. The principles used for gay conversion – in his case — were outright devious, full of demeaning, shaming techniques. Instead of concentrating on faith, this treatment center was about force — with awful consequences for some of the boys. The lead actor, Hedges, is superb and so are Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his parents. The gay teen’s father is a pastor who is quite ashamed of his son’s homosexuality.
In the movie, Nicole Kidman provides the audience with a classic truth when rescuing her son from the treatment center: “A mother knows when something isn’t right.” The son had rescued his cell phone, hid in the bathroom and called his mom to take him home. Understandably, the father less open to accepting the wrongs this treatment center than the mom.
It may be reasonable to ban forced gay conversion therapy for children and teens, as it is one third of the states. If the minor has been a victim of sex trafficking, or sexual abuse, that child or teen should get treatment and therapy to specifically deal with trauma issues. In fact any therapy in this regard should find out if there has been sexual abuse.
Transgender Trends in Children
Do you honestly think the physical transitioning with hormones on little children or teens is any less of an assault to a young person than mind-conversion therapy? Well, the LGBT movement seems to support it and actually promote sex transitioning for children. Title IX has been interpreted to mean that people who identify as transgender have special rights in school; it forces the rights of the individual over the rights of other students who are uncomfortable with it.
And it you’re a feminist, you must support intersectionality which means support of anyone with minority status and that means rights of transgender children.
Currently there’s a movement to have adults of ambiguous gender to read for children’s story time in public libraries. Forcing the issue on children is not just giving the message that it’s ok to be transgender. It is normalizing the weird and promoting transgenderism. Please don’t deny this truth.
Furthermore, when we force schools to accept the desire of boys to use opposite sex bathrooms, the discomfort girls may feel with this problem is very different the discomfort of accepting handicapped children into schools, or accepting religious and racial minorities. It is total invasion of privacy.
Finally the rise of transgender characters in TV shows such as “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent” and the transitioning of Bruce Jenner brings about acceptance. Laverne Cox especially has made it cool, and to go along with that, empowering.
We make instant celebrities of young people who embrace it, feeding our narcissistic culture. The ACLU has gobs of money to takes up the rights of transgenderism. There’s a certain narcissism in this movement, a need for attention that is being met by switching sexes. Right now the popularity of being “other” has a powerful push in our decision making.
How do we face the future?
Please check out these websites: 4thWaveNow, which is a “community of parents & friends skeptical of the ‘transgender child/teen’ trend” and Gender Trend, created by parents “who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose ‘gender non-conforming’ children as transgender.”
Opposing transitioning in children has a different set of variables which stand apart from recognition of transgender adults. Along the same lines, opposing forced gay conversion therapy for those under 21, is different from accepting the fact that some people may seek therapy to leave the gay life, which should not be banned.
Will the “sex transitioning” of children be exposed as one of the great pseudo-scientific errors in American history along the lines of lobotomies?
The current political situation is not good. In Ohio, the parents of a 17-year-old girl who wanted to transition lost custody of their daughter for not allowing her to transition. We’re giving too much power to the state in allowing decisions that affect a person for the rest of their lives.