Tonight – Trans Kids: The Right Response?
Host Julie Etchingham introduced Tonight the other week, an issue which was entitled Trans Kids: The Right Response, by saying “There’s rarely been a debate in Britain which has become so heated so quickly. The rapid rise in childhood referrals to gender identity clinics and the pace of change, both in our schools and in wider society, has led to a passionate argument on all sides.” She went on to state that there is a “profound change going on with how society views male and female identity.”
“Although the debate has made big headlines, the number of trans people in our population is relatively small” Etchingham informed us. “Some are concerned the issue is being given far greater prominence than it should be, prompting some children to question their gender unnecessarily.”
Chris McGovern, Chairman of Campaign for Real Education, asserted “We are foisting adult neuroses onto children who are simply not interested in this.” “They want to get on and play and be children.”
A researcher at Cambridge University Centre for Gender Studies named Elizabeth Yarrow opined “Being trans or being gender diverse, it’s not a contagious disease” which is so obviously true that I wonder why she bothered saying it. It seems to me to be an inflammatory remark, intended to incite the liberal left into revolting against an opinion which does not exist.
Yarrow continued “Learning about diverse sexualities doesn’t make you more or less likely to be gay.” I wholeheartedly disagree with this dogma. Children learn by copying others and are impressionable as a consequence. Parents have to avoid swearing in front of their children, for example, to prevent their offspring from mimicking their profanity.
A “gender fluid” person named Dan orated “If you’re worried about your kids getting corrupted, then maybe you should look at ways to educate them.” How dare this person tell parents that they should teach their children about something that they believe will psychologically damage them!
“On Facebook, there are now 71 different gender identities available” Julie revealed. “Rikki Arundel is a trans-woman and gender expert whose job it is to know those identities and explain them to businesses and schools.” It seems proponents of the non-binary a-gender (if you’ll pardon the pun) are going all out to propagate this nonsensical ideology.
“Increasingly, people are not wanting to be popped into the box of a binary – male or female” Arundel claimed. She observed that transsexuality used to mean transitioning from male to female or vice versa. This definition made sense.
“It’s estimated that only 1% of Britain’s population is gender non-conforming” the host stated. I find it outrageous that all pupils will be subjected to ridiculous and possibly harmful notions to appease such an insignificant minority.
Etchingham and Arundel approached a wall on which were affixed a multitude of cards with new “genders” printed upon them. Julie said “It’s by no mean definitive and you would say that people could pick any one of these.” “There’s a lot of overlap.” If people can just choose whichever one they want, then all of them are meaningless.
Rikki confirmed what the host had dictated and said: “Generally, people will find one of those which sort of fits.” It all sounds extremely arbitrary to me. She attempted to explain what some of them mean, but she was exceptionally vague and there seemed to be very little difference between them.
“Pangender,” for example, she described by orating “It’s saying no, there are more than 2 genders, we’ve got all sorts of genders and I’m… I’m a mixture of genders.” She was less than convincing. How they differentiate between all these so-called sexes with this supreme lack of specificity is beyond me. On the wall, I could see terms such as “Third Gender” and “Non-Binary.” In what universe do these not mean exactly the same thing?
Julie asked “What about the people who will look at this wall and go ‘What! It’s just boy, girl. Male, female?’”
Rikki replied, “Get with the program.” “This is the way people feel.” How arrogant! She dismissed as worthless the opinion of the vast majority. She did not argue with logic or reason, she merely recited emotive rhetoric.
“Some people would look at it and just say ‘The world’s gone mad, hasn’t it?’” Etchingham observed. Indeed, I believe almost everybody would.
“For most young children as they explore their gender identity, they’ll tend to settle on a binary” the Tonight presenter stated, which is misguided in my view. Young children experiment to find their interests and develop their personalities, but this is irrelevant of gender.
While at nursery, I played with dolls and the like. This had nothing at all to do with gender or sexuality, I think I just played with what I didn’t have at home. Males can enjoy traditionally feminine hobbies without wanting to change sex. Competitive strongmen, for example, often partake of relaxing distractions such as flower arranging.
Girls who like pursuits that are perceived to be masculine used to be referred to as tomboys. This was not intended to be a mythical extra gender, merely a noun utilised to describe their personality. At 1 of the schools I attended, a girl played on the school football team. There were no female teams back then but she exhibited the desire and skill to play with the boys. This did not make her any less of a girl.
Patrick Leman, a Professor of Psychology at King’s College London, opined “An understanding of your gender identity” “is something that changes through development as a child grows up.” These people seem to be confusing 2 separate subjects. A child’s personal identity – their characteristics and preferences – develops and this is being conflated with gender. I think that gender is also being mixed up with sexuality.
Nowadays, I identify as a Trekkie (Star Trek fan), an Owl (Sheffield Wednesday fan) and a Kipper. These things are genderless, as anyone can decide whether or not they find them interesting. They are also easily explained with obvious definitions.
3 mothers were introduced “who are concerned that society is going too far in trying to accommodate a minority of people.” As the women were not named, I’ll refer to them numerically.
Mum 1 pointed out that attitudes have changed from “anecdotally saying oh my son played with princess dresses or my daughter liked to play with the Action Man” and being amused by this to saying “your son’s actually presenting as a girl and you need to affirm that.” I had no idea that the situation was this bad!
“There will be boys and there will be girls who genuinely have been born in the wrong body” Julie suggested.
“I think there’s a very, very small amount of people that fall into that area” mum 1 responded.
Mum 2 posited “You’re not allowed to disagree. You’re not allowed to raise a question. You’re not allowed to talk about girls and boys.” She relayed a tale about 1 of her children who are at secondary school. “They were told in a class that there were 30 genders.” Mum 2 had asked the teacher a question and was left with the impression that “there was no idea that actually biological sex was really important.”
Mum 3 declared “I’m considering not sending my child to a conventional school because I’m worried about the confusion it will cause for my child. I don’t want anyone to tell her that she, you know, she could be a boy. That’s nonsense!”
The host hypothetically asked, “If I were a mother sitting in front of you, having been through a very painful time with a daughter who transitioned into becoming a boy, what would you say?”
Mum 2 replied “What you do in your family with your child, however wrong I think it is, it’s not really my business to tell you that you are wrong. However, it’s not my child’s business to be impacted by your child’s self-belief of how they identify. So it shouldn’t impact wider society, certainly not children, by telling them that they have to call someone they know to be a girl a boy. I think that’s wrong.” She makes a good case – as usual, the far left hypocritically want tolerance to triumph in 1 direction only.
“How can you tell the difference between a child simply exploring their gender identity and a genuine feeling of being trapped in the wrong body?” Etchingham mused.
“Gender dysphoria is a sense that you are in the wrong gendered body” Leman explained. I believe these feelings should not be reinforced at a young age as children generally do not know what they will want later in life and will change their minds about a multitude of things.
Andrew Stone from Newport, whose 15-year-old transsexual daughter Ollie first expressed a desire to transition from being a boy at the age of 13, recited a little of her poetry about dysphoria and proudly displayed artwork that she has done which glorifies transsexuality. “What a wonderful child we’ve got” he declared. He seemed glad that Ollie had shunned her masculinity.
Julie informed us “As nurses, Andrew and his wife have experience treating trans-gender patients.” This revelation, coupled with his gleeful presentation of his daughter’s pro-sex change art, leads me to suspect that he unduly influenced her life-changing decision, perhaps without even realising that he was doing it.
Stone described Ollie’s medication, Decapeptyl. “This is the hormone blocker, the testosterone blocker that we give Ollie every 3 months and we inject her with this to bide her time to pause male puberty.”
The host surmised that parents would think “God, it would take quite a lot for me to think about blocking puberty for my child.” Indeed, I would describe this endeavour as taking drastic measures!
Ollie has seen counsellors in Wales and is waiting for an appointment at London’s Tavistock Clinic. “When she’s 16, she’ll be able to start cross-sex hormones and, if desired, once she’s 18 can begin the pathway to potential surgery” Julie narrated. “While there’s a lack of long-term research when it comes to hormone treatment, the family understand the potential risks.” Without adequate research, we cannot discount the chance that this form of treatment will be harmful or dangerous to patients later in life.
“She understands that some of the treatments could affect her fertility, will affect her fertility” Andrew relayed. Well, of course, it will, what a ridiculous statement to make! She will be transformed into a woman but she will not be equipped with ovaries and a uterus.
“1 of the first things that Ollie did was to start putting makeup on and girls’ clothes” he continued. I expect that this immediately convinced him that Ollie needed to change sex. The possibility that his son may have been a transvestite, a male who merely enjoys donning feminine attire, should have been considered initially.
“You want children, young people, to consider things in a sensible way, perhaps not born out of anxiety” Leman opined. To his credit, he seemed less prone to snap conclusions. He sounded like he investigates the sincerity of children’s expressed desire to swap sexes.
Etchingham informed us “According to the charity Stonewall, 84% of young trans people have self-harmed. 45% have attempted suicide.” People infer that unhappiness due to gender dysphoria causes these self-destructive acts, which may be correct and is a good reason not to proliferate the disorder.
I think the statistics should also be looked at from another angle. Deliberately damaging your own body is a sign of mental illness. The possibility should be considered that some of them are victims of psychological imbalance and that gender dysphoria manifests as a symptom of this condition.
It could be akin to anorexia, a condition that often makes sufferers see their bodies in a way that does not match their actual appearance. Rather than encourage them to lose weight and identify as a skeleton, the standard treatment is to correct their perception. Maybe many people who are distressed about which sex they are would benefit from psychiatric help.
Some liberals may find the idea of psychological treatment as a cure offensive, but what is a transition other than a surgical cure for gender dysphoria?
Paris Lees, a transgender journalist and author, orated “Health care is a real issue for trans people in this country and I think that because of this kind of moral panic and this hysteria around this issue, the clinicians that are working in this area are really paranoid.” So if we disagree with her views, we are panicked and hysterical? I “identify” as someone who argues in a calm and lucid manner.
A little later, Julie relayed “Pressure has grown on schools, in particular, to get to grips with the issue and discuss it openly in classrooms. Questions have also emerged over gender-neutral uniforms, changing facilities and bathrooms. And it’s at primary school where the debate has been hottest.” I find it shocking that such young children are being overwhelmed with this doctrine while their minds are still so malleable!
McGovern warned “It’s really the opening of a Pandora’s Box in the classroom and when you open the Pandora’s Box, what comes out is anxiety, it’s stress, it’s depression because children, particularly in primary school, can get very confused if adults, including their teachers, ask them to think about their gender identity.”
“Under the Equality Act, all schools have a duty to build an inclusive environment” the presenter stated. “But according to some, there is much more that can be done.” Much more! They are apparently doing far too much already, creating new demographics and pushing for them to be prioritised.
Valentine Mulholland, Head of Policy for The National Association of Head Teachers, said: “We think it’s really important that the Government has brought in mandatory relationships and sex education.”
Footage was shown of a “transgender role model” speaking to a classroom full of pupils at Rokeby Secondary School in London. “I identify as a lesbian woman” Katie Cornhill of Diversity Role Models orated. A firefighter and former Royal Marine Commando, she transitioned from a man 2 years ago and visits schools to raise awareness of transsexuality.
During an interview, Etchingham enquired of Cornhill “What would you say to parents who are very reluctant to have transgender issues raised in a primary school context?”
In response, the firewoman rambled “Society moves on every day. Tomorrow will not be the same as it was today and we need to allow children to develop in that particular society at that particular time, so they have as much opportunity as anybody else to understand differences.” I momentarily thought I was listening to Theresa May because her answer was so convoluted and vacuous!
Let me give you the facts as I see them. There are 2 genders – male and female. They are differentiated by genitalia which is determined by genetics.
I fully support adult sufferers of gender dysphoria having sex change operations, but I believe we should shield young impressionable children from this wherever possible until they are old enough to learn about it without wanting to copy everything that they’re exposed to.
In rare cases of genuine childhood dysphoria, it ought to be hidden from other children to protect them from influence. This would also prevent the victim of dysphoria from being bullied.
Transsexuals who transition from one gender to the other deserve respect but they should accept some basic facts:
1) They can have cosmetic alterations made, but this is only superficial. They cannot at present have their internal organs changed, such as the addition or removal of a womb;
2) A sex change is like replacing the body of a Vauxhall with that of a Nissan. Its outward appearance is amended but it is still built upon the same chassis underneath;
3) Babies are born male if they inherit an X chromosome from their mother and a Y chromosome from their father, they’re born female if both parents pass on an X chromosome. We do not currently have the technology to swap chromosomes in the genome of developed humans. Therefore, transsexuals always genetically remain their original sex;
4) Men are generally faster and stronger than women, which is why the 2 sexes are segregated in the playing of most sports. Gents who transition into ladies have a physical advantage over natural women and so should be prevented from competing with them in segregated sports. This principle does not apply to serving in the Special Forces, for example, as everyone ought to be required to reach the same minimum level of fitness and combat effectiveness regardless of gender;
5) As a transsexual is biologically their original gender at their core, they should not be offended or upset if some potential partners are put off by this. As gays have reiterated for decades, people cannot help who they are attracted to. I believe that they should be obliged to reveal their transition before initiating any romance or intimacy. This would prevent their own heartache, as well as their partner’s if they courted somebody who then found the situation repellent.
I would be disgusted and probably traumatised if I had relations with a woman then discovered that she was biologically a man. This equates to people who, in the dark, think they’re having intercourse with a specific person and later find it was someone else. This type of case is named rape by deception. On the other hand, if she told me first that she used to be a man, I would greatly respect her honesty and offer her friendship. There are clubs and websites dedicated to enabling these individuals to find partners who will accept their history.
There are rare exceptions when it comes to gender-related anatomy. Occasionally, people are born with partial reproductive systems of both sexes, known as hermaphrodites, but victims of this affliction have traditionally had their genitals surgically altered if necessary in infancy to allow them to lead a normal life as a boy or a girl.
More recently, this surgery has commonly been carried out later in childhood and some opine that it should be delayed until adolescence or adulthood. This is in case the patient is unhappy with the gender that is chosen for them, which has a logic that I can understand. They are expected to opt for male or female sooner or later.
This type of intersex disorder is known in athletics as Hyperandrogenism and is typified by naturally occurring high levels of male hormones such as testosterone in affected women. It is sometimes caused by a genetic mutation or the anomalous presence of a Y chromosome in addition to the usual 2 X chromosomes.
Controversy has surrounded South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya, who was discovered to have an exceedingly high testosterone level for a woman and internal non-functioning testes where her ovaries should be. Though she is naturally not 100% female, she has sensibly decided to live as a woman with a medical condition rather than attribute to herself a ridiculous and fictional extra gender. The most radical thing that can be said of people like her is that they are both genders, not a non-existent 3rd gender.
I believe that Semenya should be allowed to compete with other women as she has not chosen to be one sex with partial characteristics of the other. She has not had surgery or imbibed performance-enhancing steroids. To exclude her from the ability she was born with would be like banning sufferers of gigantism from playing basketball because their legs are too long.
There are 3 sexualities: Heterosexual (attracted to the opposite gender), homosexual (attracted to the same gender) and bisexual (attracted to both genders). These should all be treated with equality and all, importantly, have clearly defined parameters.
I used to have the utmost of respect for comedian and actor Eddie Izzard when he identified as a transvestite. I once saw him perform live at Sheffield City Hall and he was hilarious! For many years, I have supported men’s right to wear dresses etc. as women have for decades donned traditionally male garb without anyone batting an eyelid and I am strongly in favour of equality for both genders.
Now I feel a little contempt towards him, not just because he has become a prominent Labour activist, but also because he now describes himself as Transgender. This term is incorrect as the style of his clothes may change but his gender has not.
Merely identifying as a female does not literally transform a man into a woman if he still has his masculine sexual equipment. It is not without reason that a penis is sometimes referred to as a “manhood.” I can identify as a Martian, but it doesn’t change the fact that I was born on Earth.
In my view, children should first be taught about gender-related anatomy in the subject of biology at an appropriate age. They should not learn about sexuality of any description until around the time they reach puberty. Prepubescent youngsters should have their innocence protected and any attempt to sexualise them is tantamount to accidentally grooming them to be preyed on by paedophiles.
I am extremely worried about all of this. It directly affects my family life as I have a 3-year-old daughter and I fret about her wellbeing when she advances to primary school.
You may not agree with all I have said but you cannot deny that my arguments are rational, unlike the extreme left who emotionally disregard the principles of science.