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John Johnson Aug 11, 5:10 p.m.
At That Age, They Don't Have a Clue of Sexuality. And Really Not Even at 18 !!! Are they Being Brainwashed!!
Wayne R. Douglas Aug 7, 7:10 p.m.
Sure, God messed up. RIIIIGGGGGHHHHHT!!!!!!
Jackie Strouble Aug 7, 3:44 p.m.
Sorry, but you are dead wrong about that. Perhaps you are confusing gender with sex. Sexuality doesn't enter into the equation for some years after we are born, but from day one we are expected to fulfill gender roles set by society -- how we dress, how we play, how we think and act and show emotion. Children know this. Children know who the role models are that they are supposed to emulate. Some children know that they cannot fulfill the rather rigid expectations set for them by everyone around them. They know it for certain and they know it at a very early age.
Shiloh Barkley Aug 7, 2:48 p.m.
This is great!
Jennifer Mincey Aug 7, 2:03 p.m.
Transgendered definition: "denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex."
A person who is biologically female does not have to identify as male to be transgendered. They just don't identify as female (and all the implications and expectations thereof), perhaps they choose not to reveal any gender, or mix aspects of the two dominant gender identities.
Very young children don't identify a gender beyond what they have been told.
Boy expectations: You are a boy, boys don't cry, boys like sports, boys wear itchy pants in the summer, boys don't like pretty things.
Girl expectations: You are a girl, girls have long hair, girls wear dresses, girls play with dolls and cook.
Now you have a kid who hates most of the things that gender expectations say they should be but loves most of the things ascribed to a different gender. That kid could be considered transgendered
Ryan Kurtz Aug 7, 1:41 p.m.
I hope that one day if I decide to be a cute bunny rabbit, you'll accept me for who I am.
Jon Smith Aug 7, 1:14 p.m.
At four years old, both of my boys would play dress up with their mommy's clothes.
Today, they are both well-adjusted young men that fall into the 96% of the adult population that do not identify as LGBT.
I suppose if I had wanted to lead them down the path that they were transgender based on this play and put them in "safe spaces" I could have.
And I'm sure many kids may learn to like "safe spaces" ...especially if that is all they know (becoming institutionalized).
Either to "protect their child" or just become the center of attention , I've seen parents do some very questionable things.
Raising children (properly) does not require that they always have a smile on their face and that they always get what they want (that is not the way the real world works)...they need to be exposed to the real world longer than the drive to their "safe space".
Howard Roark Aug 7, 11:51 a.m.
From what I can tell, this camp (nor it's purpose), appear to present a threat to me or my family's safety, security, or pursuit of our own happiness. That being said, carry on.
Jennifer Mincey Aug 7, 11:30 a.m.
Forcing children to play and act one way or another solely based on biological XX and XY (and XXY, XYY, XXX...) chromosomes is the basis for sexism. If your sexual organs are not used in an activity, your biology has nothing to do with the activity. If your sexual organs are used for the activity, then it's not a child's activity.
Andrew Stephenson Aug 7, 11:22 a.m.
I'm legitimately curious what symptoms a parent sees in their kid to make them think they may be transgendered at the age of 4. I mean, even cisgendered kids wouldn't fully understand the difference between "boys" and "girls" at that point. Gender norms haven't even begun to sink in.
Ben Hill Aug 7, 11:13 a.m.
Larry, by accusing other people whose opinions differ from yours of bigotry, you are being a bigot yourself. Most of the comments you are attacking say nothing negative about being transgender, but instead state that at 4 years old the child is too young to understand these concepts. If you wonder why the cries of bigotry have lost their meaning, it is because of their overuse in cases where they do not apply, such as here.
I agree with Danny, James and Aaron that a 4 year old is not capable of fully understanding the concept of gender, let alone transgender. A camp like this may do more to create confusion for the child rather than help the child understand who they are.
Haley Sessoms Aug 7, 11:12 a.m.
That's the funniest thing I've seen in a while. You made my day
Douglas Roberts Aug 7, 10:36 a.m.
Child abuse , exactly what this is
Danny McFarland Aug 7, 10:16 a.m.
When I was 4 I wanted to be a dump truck.
James Marley Aug 7, 9:55 a.m.
While I support those who suffer from Gender Dysphoria I do not believe a camp like this should exist for young children. Mental illness is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly, much less encouraged. To me as a parent, sending your kid to a camp like this is on par with child abuse.
Arron Lee Aug 7, 9:52 a.m.
You have got to be kidding me. Sorry, a four year doesn't think about whether they are a boy or girl. If so, it is the parents and grown ups around them that put this in their heads. This should be a form of child abuse.
Ryan Kurtz Aug 7, 9:49 a.m.
I don't care if you think you're a puppy from the planet Mars, I'm still going to call you what you are: a man, or a woman.
Kenneth Jones Aug 7, 9:15 a.m.
This is normalizing mental illness.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 14:37:58