The Importance of Gender

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These numbers are from a National Health Service clinic in the UK that helps those who believe they were born the wrong gender (1).

  • 167 children under 10 years old received transgender treatment in the past year
  • The number of young children being seen has nearly doubled from 87 in the previous 12 months
  • 3 pre-school infants are among those who were referred to NHS clinic

That is depressing!

There is no way a three year old is developmentally able to make a life changing decision as serious as changing genders. Three year olds are barely able to understand the difference between males and females. Why do adults allow their children to do something so drastic before they can even tie their shoes?

Last year, the Obama administration sent a letter to all the public school districts in America demanding that they “allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate” (2). The letter is clarifying the expectations of how to comply with the Title IX provision that “prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding.” The letter further states that “there is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect his or her gender identity, and equal access must be given to transgender students even in instances when it makes others uncomfortable.”

This threat is adding to the gender confusion that is swarming society.

There is a great article that is titled and then outlines “21 Reasons Why Gender Matters”(3). It states 4 foundational principles. These principles are:

  • Gender differences exist; they are a fundamental reality of our biology and impact our psychology. Our maleness and femaleness is a key aspect to our personhood.
  • Acknowledging, rather than ignoring (or worse denying), gender differences is the only intellectually honest response to this reality.
  • Gender differences are complementary; individuals, our collective humanity, and society as a whole, all benefit from masculine and feminine characteristics. We are better for having men with a clear understanding of their masculinity and women with a clear understanding of their femininity.
  • Gender identity confusion does exist in a small minority of individuals. It is a painful pathology and warrants a compassionate response. However it is not the ‘normative’ experience and is not therefore a paradigm upon which to drive social policy and institutions.

 Gender does matter!

Though the world we live in may try to blur the lines of gender and confuse children and adults on the importance of their own biological gender, we must continue to help our children see the importance of their being male or female. Gender is not something that should be changed; it is something innate in ourselves.

It is an essential characteristic of our identity as human beings.

For more information:
1 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3572312/Children-aged-three-transgender-therapy-NHS-Pre-school-infants-167-youngsters-aged-10-received-treatment-year.html
2 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/13/report-obama-administration-to-tell-public-schools-to-let-transgender-students-use-bathrooms-their-choice.html
3 http://www.gendermatters.org.au/Home_files/21%20Reasons%20Why%20Gender%20Matters(low%20res).pdf

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