There is a format to these stories and it is always the same. There is almost always a picture of a child in a pink tutu – either to show how much the garment was loved, or how much it was hated. Journalists have a formula when they write these stories and it always, always concerns stereotypes.
We are told that this boy-child ‘in a Hello Kitty T-shirt, clutching a doll – looks like any seven-year-old girl.’
We are told that this girl-child ‘ has a history of ‘shunning dresses and dolls and behaving entirely like a little boy’
We are never actually told what defines a little boy or a little girl for the obvious reason that no behaviour or preference defines a boy or a girl child. It’s all about biology.
So transitioning kids seems to be based entirely on gender stereotypes. And of course it is – because there is absolutely nothing else that it could be based on! Once we look at ‘brave transgender child’ articles from this perspective, they become more than slightly horrifying.
This 9 year old girl child has been told that her ‘very existence is controversial and that he needs to be erased… Max knows what’s at stake.” Max is a social justice warrior and spent her summer in what her own mother described as a ‘political pissing contest’. When she became overwhelmed, a well-composed photo became another publicity stunt.
This 7 year old boy child uses female pronouns and calls himself non-binary. Mum says, ‘She considers herself very lucky to be a boy-girl because she gets to be the best of everything.’
This pre-school boy-child‘s parents worry that his teacher’s view ‘of a sweet little girl” will be “somehow tainted when they learn she was born into a boy’s body.”
In fact these stereotypes occur over and over again in too many articles to mention. Each quote below concerns a different child and is from a different article.
EDIT: there were ten of each originally, but one had ended up in the wrong section.
Nine reasons why a boy must be a girl
Eleven reasons why a girl must be a boy
I know that every story is complex and every child is different. It’s precisely because every child is different that we need to stop this deception. The same story is told, over and over again. Apart from a rejection of stereotypes and the child’s own insistence of “I’m a boy” or “I’m a girl” there is no reasoning behind the reality of the transgender child.
These stories are the tales of confused kids rejecting stereotypes. Kids convinced that they are the problem and that they need fixing. Yet instead of trying to find ways to help them reconcile with their bodies, we’re cheering as we set them off down a path of beguilement, off-label puberty blockers, lifelong hormone treatment and possibly surgery.
Journalists, you have a huge responsibility in how you report on these stories of gender non-conforming children. Please stop quoting dangerous made-up statistics: “40-50-60% of transgender children kill themselves!” and obvious lies about pink and blue brains and being ‘born in the wrong body.‘. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that GNC children who aren’t transitioned will kill themselves. Basic independent research (ie ten minutes spent with Google) exposes the suicide statistic for what it is. You could start here. There are no historical references to transgender children.Why do you think that might be?
Please, stop following the ‘brave transgender child’ format and start asking some serious questions about how our culture promotes gender stereotypes and the pressure on young people to conform to them. Someone needs to blow the lid of this pot.