It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Do you realize you have just undermined your entire "social conditioning" criticism with that comment?
No gender-related medical interventions are necessary with
The earliest a child should be referred for medical
treatment of gender dysphoria is just before the onset of puberty if
the child desires to go through a different puberty than their body
would ordinarily experience.
Puberty blocking medication can be
used to put a temporary halt on puberty and not only allow a child
to stop an unwanted puberty but also to buy the child more time
to explore gender before moving into a time when the secondary
physical effects of the puberty associated with the assigned sex of
the child take effect.
Providers can work to develop a network of
referrals including supportive and competent medical professionals,
community groups, parent support groups, and other professionals.
Oh the irony!
These need to be addressed if anyone wants a real discussion.
some conditioning might just be the ticket for this little boy given it could reshape his thinking back to normality.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
We are all unique, weird, eccentric, neurotic, and DIFFERENT. Those who identify with gender or sexual orientations that are in the minority are not "sick."
Babies born with both sets of genitalia are really not as uncommon as people think.
What people mean when they say a person "was born with both sets of genitals" is that a child may be born with a phallus that looks a lot like a penis plus a vagina (the tubular organ that goes from the outside of the body towards the uterus, if there is a uterus). This can happen because of hormones, in conditions like congenital adrenal hyperplasia and partial androgen insensitivity syndrome.
But to say that gives you "both sets of genitals" is to pretend that somehow all that matters to males is their penises and all that matters to females in their vaginas. In fact, many of us women also care about our clitorises. (For that matter, many men care about their scrotums.)
originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
a reply to: BuzzyWigs
I think they are making a mistake. A decisions like that, to begin transitioning a child that age from one sex to the other is wrong.
it should definitely be put off until after puberty, and the decision allowed around 16 with parents support, 18 without.
I mean, kids aged 6 identify with dinosaurs better than they do a defined sex. She could just be a boyish girl that has no idea of sexual identity because she hasn't gone through puberty.
Im all for individual rights, but 6 is too young to take any serious steps in transitioning someone who probably has no idea what it means. Also the eagerness of the parents suggests (as does cheer mom or coach dad) that its more about showing how open minded they are rather than what the child actually wants and how much she knows about what is to happen.