Now comes news of drugs that can delay the onset of puberty to give children more time to decide if they want to be a boy or a girl.
The story involves an 11-year-old boy being raised by two lesbians who report that he wants to be a girl, and has insisted that he is a girl since he was three years old. The boy is being treated with hormones that delay puberty so that he can decide whether he wants to be a boy or a girl.
- Sexual identity according to the given wisdom (that cites studies) is not a choice, but is assigned genetically. So, I guess you might say that in this case the boy isn't picking what he wants to be but is discovering what he wants to be. But, what if he makes the wrong choice? I guess he'll just have to revert, as did Walt Heyer, who is quoted in the story. (His book Paper Genders details his own experience transitioning from a man to a woman and back again.
- Isn't it a little soon to be giving drugs to a child for this purpose? The story discusses this more at length.
- Also discussed, but readily dismissed, is the effect on the boy of being raised by two women. I think this possibility requires more serious discussion.
Personally, I remain unsure whether sexual orientation is a matter of nature or nurture. Science has a lot more to say on the subject before it because ideological dicta.
UPDATE: I have been taken severely to task for confusing "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Here's the email:
Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same thing. Why don't you do some research before espousing your outdated, bigoted, ignorant viewpoint all over the internet? Oh. Because it's the internet. Of course.
[signed] disgusted from Orange County, Calif.
Ya got me. Whatever the correct terminology (I've changed the headline, which originally read "sexual identity"), I think you know to what I'm referring. The argument that no one chooses to be gay. That it is a natural attribute, just like race.
For the other swine out there like me who don't know the difference, here are definitions from LGBT Ministries:
Sexual orientation: Describes to whom a person is sexually attracted. Some people are attracted to people of a particular gender; others are attracted to more than one gender. Some are not attracted to anyone. Sometimes the term “affectional orientation” is used to acknowledge that attraction can be about more than sexual desire.
Gender identity and expression: The ways in which a person chooses to identify and/or express their
gender, including self-image, appearance, and embodiment of gender roles. One’s sex (e.g., male, female, intersex, etc.) is usually assigned at birth based on one’s physical biology. One’s gender (e.g.,
man, woman, transgender, genderqueer, etc.) is how one chooses to identify. One’s gender expression (e.g., masculine, feminine, androgynous, etc.) is how one embodies gender attributes, presentations,
roles, and more.
Nevertheless, my questions still stand.