Facebook introduced dozens of options for users to identify their gender today – and although the social media giant said it would not be releasing a comprehensive list, ABC News has found at least 58 so far.
Previously, users had to identify themselves as male or female. They were also given the option of not answering or keeping their gender private.
User’s can now select a “custom” gender option.
“There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison told the Associated Press. Harrison, who worked on the project, is in the process of gender transition, from male to female.
But of course, another identity-obsessed activist helping to erase gender. Now yo can just make up a gender. Heck we can even start brainwashing and indoctrinating very young children. Sure it might scar them, or even ruin their life, but that matters not because, Progressivism!
The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their “internal sense of gender identity.”
A grant for a two-year study was awarded to the University of Washington this summer. The project will interview 250 children aged four to six, and their parents, asking a series of questions about “gendered behavior.”
“Prominent theories of gender development have discussed the degree to which gender identity results from an internal sense of gender and socialization processes,” according to the grant. “However, tests of these theories have been limited because, for most children, internal gender identity and environmental socialization substantially overlap, rendering it impossible to distinguish the relative impact of each factor on gender development.”
If you get angry reading this, good! You ought to. Can we just not let four-year-olds be four? No, of course not, because IDENTITY! Identity is now everything, and those “identities” are often very rare, or just created out of a twisted and consuming need to normalize every act or behavior and desire. Look, I do not care what adults do, they can identify as ClownSexuals or Part Time Sexuals, whatever. But the kids, leave them alone to be kids. Of course activists can never allow that can they? Normal gender must die! And abusing innocents babies is a small price for IDENTITY JUSTICE!
Kristina Olson and Selin Gülgöz, two researchers at the university, are leading the study. Both are involved with the school’s “TransYouth Project,” a longitudinal study of gender development and mental health of transgender children.
The TransYouth Project was featured in the Katie Couric documentary for National Geographic,Gender Revolution.
“Our current research study is recruiting children aged 3–12 who are transgender, gender nonconforming, and siblings of gender nonconforming children,” the website for the project states
Dear Lord help us. Propaganda anyone?
Why is it I doubt the veracity of this story? Maybe because the Left does not value truth, and is certainly not above using children to further their agenda? Dave Blount sees the end of this road
They could have saved $130,000. I can tell you the results of the study right now. Gender is a repressive patriarchal social construct that must be destroyed by encouraging little boys to pretend they are girls.
It would be no more wasteful — and far less damaging — if they piled up our money in huge mounds and burned it up in bonfires.
Far less damaging? Yes, consider what an expert, not an activist, has to say
Finally, someone is more concerned with the welfare of children and society in general than they are afraid of being called out as thought criminals by depraved liberal elitists:
Michelle Cretella, MD, president of the American College of Pediatricians, told LifeSiteNews that National Geographic is “promoting a political agenda over science and the wellbeing of innocent children” by featuring a young transgender child.
“‘Affirming’ so called transgender children means sterilizing them as young as 11years old,” said Dr. Cretella. “Puberty blockers plus cross-sex hormones causes permanent sterility. And biological girls who ‘transition’ to male by taking testosterone may have a double mastectomy at age 16. The life time use of cross-sex hormones also puts these children at risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancers and more.” …
Cretella believes it is both unethical and harmful for parents to make such decisions regarding their children’s gender because they will most likely grow out of their gender dysphoria. “When a child under the age of 12 thinks they are the opposite sex and is allowed to naturally pass through puberty, 75%-95% of the time that child will accept his or her biological sex by the late teen years.” …
Cretella argues that public support of “transgenderism” in children is tantamount to “child abuse.” “When academic, medical and other public institutions propagate the lifetime use of toxic hormones and the surgical removal of healthy body parts as healthcare for children they are engaged in institutionalized child abuse,” she said.
Again, leave children alone! They are not guinea pigs for social activism or gender justice, or any other false label the Left will put on this abuse!
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Call me old-fashioned, or normal, or sane, but I gotta think a two-year-old has no idea about gender identity. But, of course, letting kids just be kids must not stand in the way of Progressivism. After all, social justice is more important than individuals, even toddlers, right Jen Aulwes?
Last spring, when I heard Donald Trump say that Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower, I breathed a sigh of relief. There weren’t many things Trump and I agreed on, but this was one. Surely, I hoped, if he became president, he would extend the same courtesy to my 7-year-old daughter, Henry.
That hope was destroyed Wednesday night, when Trump’s administration rescinded the federal order that protects kids in public schools so they can use the bathroom that fits their gender identity. We had told Henry that she could use whatever bathroom she wanted because the president said so. Well, the former president said so. The new president said no.
Ok, ok, let me pause here to explain, again, that the policies of Trump Towers has nothing to do with Trump’s reversal of Obama’s Social Justice Restroom nonsense. A business, any business is perfectly free to have whatever restroom policy they desire, that is as it should be. In fact, all the move by the president did was to allow the individual states to make their own decision as to their schools, state buildings, etc. Frankly, this is not an issue for the federal government to be involved in. If it were the founders would have addressed it in our Constitution. President Trump did not roll back any “rights”. He simply got the federal government out of an area it had no place. No “hope” was destroyed. If Jen Aulwes is so concerned then she should take the issue up with her home state, Minnesota. But, drama queens gonna DRAMA! But back to her social engineering mom act first.
The first time we knew that Henry was different, she was 2. When she found her cousin’s Barbie doll, she lit up like a Christmas tree. “The hair, Mama,” she cooed. “Look at her looong hair!” Henry continued to show us, in every way she could, that she wanted to live as a girl. This was new territory. What do you say when your 3-year-old boy asks to be Rapunzel for Halloween? In our house, you say yes. So began a long journey: Elsa socks one day. A sparkly shirt the next. Soon, she was growing her hair out and loving nail polish and tutus.
Two? Two-years-old? At two Jen Aulwes “knew” her son, Henry was “different” because he played with a Barbie Doll? I know this about small children, they have incredible imaginations. Watching my niece grow up has been a great blessing and learning experience for me. She is seven. At two, and at all ages, I have bought her dolls, action figures, Hot Wheels cars, and clothes of all sorts. She has worn plenty of T-shirts emblazoned with Ninja Turtles, Elsa, wolves, dinosaurs, Doc McStuffins, bunnies, and so on. And you know what I think when she plays with Hot Wheels, pretending they are Ninja Turtles, or with Breyer horses, or when she combines several playsets, or pretends to be a wolf? I think she is a child, being a child! Nothing more, because kids are kids. She is not “trans-species” because she pretends to be a wolf, or a boy trapped in a girls body when she is pretending to be Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles. She is a kid! For God’s sake can’t we just let them be kids?
Like I said, Jen Aulwes “knew” her son was “different” when he was two. I have to wonder if she did not push her son towards being a girl, rather than just letting him be two, them three, then four, and so on I know some will call me insensitive, but I get angry when people try to push their political agendas on to small children. Again, let them be kids. But, Jen Aulwes semingly put social justice before her child
By this point, it was clear to everyone who knew Henry that she had no interest, or comfort, in being a boy. She was a little girl and determined to live as one. She had no political agenda; she was 5. She had no idea that there were political agendas concerned with who she was. She only knew that she had to be who she was.
Yes, at five, kids are “determined” to live as a boy, or a girl. To be honest, I believe five-year-olds are set on how they want to live their lives. But, again, what is the big deal about using little kids as pawns to further social justice? Certainly leftism has shown itself to be an ideology that has no issues with destroying individuals for the “greater good”. I mean that Leftist Utopian Omelette ain’t gonna get made without some broken eggs right?
George Orwell famously wrote, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
For those tethered to biological reality, the self-evident truth that, prior to birth, people develop either “XY” or “XX” genetic markers and, as such, are objectively, and shall forever remain, either male or female, is as plain as blue is blue or pink is pink.
Indeed, notwithstanding the politically driven “LGBT” agenda that pretends otherwise, those who suffer with “gender dysphoria” disorder will stay, as born, either male or female, whether or not they play dress up, sterilize themselves and destroy healthy reproductive organs.
Hence, it’s of little surprise that, tragically, of those who put themselves through this imaginary “transition,” 41 percent will subsequently attempt suicide.
Still, this “progressive” socio-political scheme moves quickly from merely pitiable and delusional to ghastly and abusive when children are the targets – when selfish adults exploit sexually confused young people by feeding their “gender” delusion and pumping them full of dangerous hormones, or otherwise surgically mutilating and sterilizing them for life via so-called “gender reassignment surgery.”
In order to address the growing momentum of this harmful, gender-bending, pseudo-scientific quackery, a number of America’s leading medical experts on the subject have finally weighed in. “The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” they warn.
This child-health advocacy group has released a report that determines, among other things:
1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.
“The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species,” they observe. “This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.”
2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.
Let’s take it a step further. The “gender” phenomenon is, in the larger sense, an artificial and anti-theist-tainted social construct. It’s an overt act of fist-shaking rebellion against the laws of nature and nature’s God.
And it’s dangerous.
Johns Hopkins Hospital was the pioneer in “gender reassignment surgery.” It now refuses to perform these discredited cosmetic procedures. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the hospital’s former psychiatrist-in-chief and current distinguished service professor of psychiatry, is among those who participated in the ACPeds report. He has noted in the past that, as even the left-leaning APA reluctantly acknowledges, transgenderism is a “mental disorder” and that the idea of a “sex change” is “biologically impossible.” “People who identify as ‘feeling like the opposite sex’ or ‘somewhere in between’ do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women,” determines ACPeds.
3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.
“When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such,” notes the report. “These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.”
4. Puberty is not a disease, and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.
“Reversible or not, puberty-blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child,” notes ACPeds.
5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
And so what do we call a physician or a parent who takes a gender-confused boy, with a 98 percent chance of full recovery, and severely and irrevocably harms that child with dangerous hormones or sterilization surgery?
We should be calling them what they are: criminals.
To its credit, the ACPeds report goes on to identify this so-called “gender ideology” for exactly what it is: “Child abuse.”
6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
So much for the Hippocratic Oath: “Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient.”
Gender ideology is anathema to good medicine and sound science.
7. Rates of suicide are 20 times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT–affirming countries.
“What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88 percent of girls and 98 percent of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?” the report asks.
8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.
“Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”
There you have it. “Gender ideology” is child abuse – empirically and irrefutably. Isn’t it high time, at least where minors are concerned and as a matter of public policy, that we begin treating it as such?
If such abuse were associated with anything other than the “LGBQT” political special interests, we already would have.
Jenner has issues, but I am not judging him there. I do not understand the whole transgender thing, but if what Jenner is doing makes him happy, fine with me. My only issue with any transgender people is with the activists who are no more pleasant than Feminist activists, Gay rights activists, environmental activists, or most activists frankly. I think it will be interesting to see how these liberal activists, who scream TOLERANCE at the tops of their lungs react to Jenner being a Conservative. Wanna bet they quickly shed their coats of tolerance and show their true character?
Among the more surprising revelations, Bruce told his guest he is both a Christian and a Republican. He admitted he has at times been concerned his lifestyle puts him at odds with the Bible–in particular, the book of Deuteronomy, which classifies a man dressing as a woman as sin.
“I would sit in church and always wonder, ‘In God’s eyes, how does he see me?’ … Maybe this is my cause in life … This is why God put me on this earth… to deal with this issue.”
When asked about President Obama’s support for LGBT rights during the State of the Union, the former Olympian admitted he is not a big fan of Obama.
“I’ve always been more on the conservative side,” hesaid.
A puzzled Sawyer asked him if he identifies as a Republican, to which Jenner answered, “”Yeah. Is that a bad thing? I believe in the Constitution.”
I will bet that Jenners’ lack of conformity to Liberalism will get him, or maybe I should say her, many hateful comments and ill wishes. This is because the Left sees Jenner as a member of a group, not as an individual. Jenner must be identified as a member of this group, in this case transgender. He must think, and act as the Left insists his “group” would act and think, or else! When a member of any liberally defined ‘group” steps outside the boundaries of ideology as defined by the Left, look out! The Left loathes individualism, and the individual. The moment Jenner identified as an individual, any support from the Left went away.
Oh good grief, the Left never fails to amaze. Yesterday I wrote about Kat Haiche who called Stacy McCain a TRANSMYSOGINIST BASTARD because he dared use the term Shemale. This is, in part, what I wrote
My name is Kat Haché (pronounced ah-SHAY). I am a succubus/grad student/artist/writer/intersectional transgender feminist. According to4chan, I make ”stupid fucking art and misogyny games”.
I have contributed to Gamervescent and Thought Catalog. My writing has been reposted or linked on Transadvocate, The Beheld, The New Inquiry, and Bustle. I talk about Transgender rights, advocacy, and activism, feminism, and sexism in video games. Oh, and cereal.
I bet she, or is it he, is soooo much fun to hang out with. I mean who does not relish time spent with people who are always angry and bitter? People who split their time between pretending to be a victim, and pretending they have something worthwhile to say. Yeppers, nothing is quite as fun as people who write meaningless pap like this
Being transgender, is, in pretty basic terms, a never-ending quest to assert and affirm the right to define oneself on one’s own terms in a world very intent on preventing one from doing so. It’s an emphatic denial of the identities thrust upon us by a society that defines us by our adherence to socially prescribed norms. For people who dare to defy these norms and refuse to be defined by an oppressive society, the punishment is , in turn, that same society attempting to define you by your deviance. As you can imagine, this is both exhausting and dehumanizing, and our society doesn’t take very kindly to defiance.
Oh good freaking grief get over yourself! You want the truth? Here it is, no one give’s a rats ass if you are Gay, Straight, or Transgender. No one gives a damn about your plumbing, or you desire for different plumbing, or who you sleep with. And no one really gets your immature fixation with being so self-absorbed either. This is the problem with people who get all wrapped up in anything. People reject them not because of bigotry, or intolerance but because they get damned tired of everything having to revolve around an “identity”. Believe it or not, people obsessed with their sexuality/race/gender/favorite sports team/ religion/political beliefs are boring, and no one really likes boring people. And folks like Kat? BORING! So, rather than easing off on their obsessive behavior, they chalk the rejection up to being a “victim”. And no one relishes being a victim more than Liberals do.
Seems pretty cut and dry doesn’t it? My point is that people like Kat are not victims, and that no one really cares how Kat defines herself. People do tire, however, of people who are totally obsessed with their own “identity”, be that identity, gender related, or race related, or religious, or whatever. This morning, Kat calls me “pathetic” and plays the poor victim while denying that she plays a victim
Some very pathetic individuals (one of them, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a former member of a neo-confederate hate group) used some of these very same tactics against me recently, in efforts to intimidate me, to silence me, and to try to alter my self-perception and self-definition. They’re not the first, but just like the others, they tried to use the very same tired tactic of trying to define me by my assumed anatomy and the totality of my identity by my membership in a culturally defined, marginalized group. It didn’t work, and it didn’t work because I’m not my anatomy. I’m transgender, but that’s not all I am. I’m a strong, beautiful, smart, and capable woman who isn’t a “victim” at all, but rather, a survivor. I’ve had to overcome more in my 26 years than most will ever have to face in a lifetime, and no one can take that away from me. I’ve defined myself as a respected voice in the transgender community and in the feminist community, and I’ve done so in a short amount of time.
See, I tried to “intimidate” Kat somehow. apparently my saying I could not care less about her “identity” is intimidation. Excuse my French here but let me say that is horse shit. I wrote an opinion that Kat disagrees with so she must attack me as some sort of bully, and pathetic and accuse me of trying to silence her. I am the very last person to try to silence anyone. I want everyone to voice their opinions, and everyone who reads this blog knows that. What Kat does not get is that I feel badly that anyone is so locked into their “identity” and being a victim that they likely are not very happy, how could they be? But, Kat is welcome to her state of denial. And in reading her post I see a resemblance to someone else
Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes – and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team, The Daily Caller has learned.
This fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. On Nov. 14, the college sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “Fuck Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place.”
“This is unacceptable and members of our community should be able to learn and work in environments that are free of hurtful expressions and behaviors,” wrote Edward Pittman, BIRT coordinator and dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity, in an email to students.
The email also outlined BIRT’s purpose and role in bias incident response. The task force receives the reports of bias incidents, meets with victims, and provides support for campus efforts to foster diversity and inclusion.
The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.
Five days after the email was sent, Vassar President Catharine Hill sent a follow-up email announcing that the bias incidents were hoaxes perpetrated by two students. The students wrote the vile messages and then filed the reports themselves, claiming to be the victims of unknown haters.
“It is our unfortunate duty to report that two Vassar students have admitted responsibility for creating a number of recent bias and hate-speech messages in public spaces on campus,” wrote Hill in an email. “They also falsely reported these as anonymous messages. Sadly, our community has been deeply hurt by these actions.”
The email noted that the two students had admitted responsibility and withdrawn from the college voluntarily. Their names were not reported.
However, The DC has learned that one of the perpetrators was none other than Genesis Hernandez.
Informed sources within Vassar told The DC that administrators pinpointed Hernandez as a responsible party, forcing him to give up his position in student government and leave the college. Leaked conversations between student government members also paint Hernandez as the culprit.
On the same day that Hill’s email went out, VSA President Deborah Steinberg sent an email of her own announcing an election to fill Hernandez’s now-vacant VP position.
Hernandez has withdrawn from the college. His vassar.edu address no longer works, and as such, he did not respond to a request for comment.
A representative for the college declined to comment. Vassar’s only statement on the matter remains Hill’s email, in which she acknowledged that the campus might now be skeptical of BIRT’s efforts, but stressed the need to continue them.
“The outcome of this most recent investigation in no way diminishes our commitment to working toward a more just, diverse, egalitarian and inclusive campus community,” she wrote.
The DC could not determine the other perpetrator’s identity, nor was it clear which student wrote and falsely reported which messages.
There is only one real reason Liberals do not want Photo ID required to vote. Because they can commit voter fraud much easier. There is not one legitimate argument against voter ID laws, not one. But that does not stop Democrats from coming up with more creative lies to frighten us about such laws. Ben Jealous might have offered the most absurd
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Benjamin Jealous threw out a bizarre, new reason Friday for Voter ID laws to be banned in the U.S. – transgenders.
Yes, you read that correctly.
At a Netroots Nation panel Friday on “voting rights,” Jealous argued that in addition to all the other reasons he thinks Americans shouldn’t have to show a photo ID when voting, Voter ID laws should be abolished because they put transgender Americans at a disadvantage.
“As many people know, I have an adopted brother who’s transgender and he typically doesn’t dress the way he does when he hangs out in the Tenderloin when he goes to a government office,” Jealous said, referencing a notorious LGBT community in San Francisco. “And so if you show his ID you know and he would hold it up to his face, it looks like two different people.”
Using that logic, transgender Americans also shouldn’t have to use an ID to get on planes, buy liquor or perform any other activity that legally requires people to prove their identity.
I keep saying it, the Left will do or say anything to gain and hold, more power
Wonder no more! Over at Hot Air Jazz Shaw has the latest on an outbreak of Offendeditis at Harvard
If you’re like me, (and aren’t you all?) I know you’ve been waiting impatiently with one question on your minds. When, oh when, will Harvard appoint a new permanent director of BGLTQ student life? (We’re going to circle back to that acronym which caught me by surprise in a few moments.) Fear not, readers, for your long wait is over. And the winner is…
Vanidy M. Bailey will serve as director of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer (BGLTQ) student life beginning July 16, dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds announced this week. Bailey, who will report to the assistant dean of student life, will oversee all initiatives that support BGLTQ undergraduates.
So… we’ve got that little chore out of the way. But wait! Steyn discoversthat yet another grievous social injustice has taken place even in the midst of this happy occasion.
Alas, this long overdue shattering of the BGLTQ ceiling was marred by the Harvard Crimson’s grossly insensitive coverage:
An earlier version of this article used the pronoun “she” to refer to Vanidy “Van” Bailey, the newly appointed director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. In fact, Bailey prefers not to be referred to by any gendered pronoun.
What does Vanidy prefer? It? That thing? Seriously, Vanidy IS a man or she, he, it is a woman right? Whatever Vanidy is, we know one thing for certain. Vanidy suffers from a grossly over-inflated ego, if she expects us to change the English language to soothe her sensitivities. Maybe Vanidy has never been told that her feelings are not THAT important in the grand scheme of things? Maybe someone should pull her aside and say, Vanidy, get the Hell over yourself.
One more question, this term Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer bugs me. I thought Queer was a forbidden term. I also kind of thought it meant the same as Gay, so it is redundant isn’t it?