What’s Current: Canadian Paediatric Society releases guide for parents to discuss ‘gender identity’ with kids

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  • The Canadian Paediatric Society has released a new document to guide conversations around “gender identity” with parents and children. The Globe and Mail reports:

“The four-page document starts by clarifying such terms as gender identity — the gender one experiences one’s self to be — and gender expression — how someone presents gender to others through clothing, behaviour or a chosen name.”

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  • regressive

    A gender identity is “the gender one experiences one’s self to be”? Is a smlurg identity defined as the smlurg one experiences one’s self to be? Do they have a glossary where they define the word gender? We’re returning to the dark ages.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I think my head just exploded reading that article from the Canadian Paediatric Society. If my kids could choose their name – it would be Rainbow Glitter Sparkle or Pony Tail Strawberry, and she would marry a girl because boys smell because Sam farted at pre-school and the other wants to be a flying pony when she grows up. Can she self-identify as a mammal not a human just in case I hurt her feelings? Or do I just say, that’s a lovely idea, would you like to find a pony-tail dress-up to put on?

    Honestly, do they think parents are so stupid and rigid that most parents don’t just let their kids be themselves and express themselves without having to put more labels on them than a Wal-Mart markdown sale? I went through a stage of short hair and surf shorts and often got mistaken for a boy but didn’t mind because it meant I could be rough and tumble without being discouraged from doing so. Doesn’t mean I wanted to be a boy for the rest of my life! I think ALOT more longitudinal research needs to be done on transgenderism before inflicting it on our kids.

  • AnotherOor

    A girl playing with trucks is expressing gender now? That’s fucking offensive.

  • lk

    ME TOO!!

    I hate how many doctors and psychologists are on board with this stuff. They KNOW its untrue. They KNOW that the human race is dimorphic…They KNOW that sex is not on a spectrum.

    I feel dissappointed in the medical community for supporting all of this.

    • Cassandra

      Say “hello” to big pharma, baby. It’s a win-win for all!

  • Hanakai

    “Assigned at birth”
    “Gender identity”
    “Gender”
    “Cisgender”
    “Transphobic”
    “TERF”

    Having a great respect for words and language, it appalls me that .0003/.00015 of the population with a mental illness is able to control the debate by controlling the language of the debate. We must raise loud objections to any use of these terms and take back the language of the debate.

    The New York Times yesterday had a piece by a transdude who thinks he is a she titled Britain’s Appalling Transgender Debate and it is encouraging to see that over the last year the views expressed in the Comments section have changed from “Transgenders are cool and totally oppressed and we need to buy their trip totally” to “Transgenders have a right to live, they are human, but one does not become a woman by saying one is, and we do not have to buy a transgender’s self-identification. Reality overrules them.” Whether this is because views are becoming saner or because people now feel freer to speak their minds having been encouraged by others who spoke truth. Perhaps the tide is turning.

  • Hanakai

    Yeah. I a totally what was called a tomboy. Figured out very young that males ruled the world and were the favored sex, and got to grow up to live exciting interesting lives. In any event, I totally ran with the boy children, ran about in forests and fields, told the grown-ups that I intended to be a man when I grew up. I knew young that a life of servitude to husband and children was not for me. The parents gave me a baby doll toy once which I tossed into the back of a closet — they were fast learners and then I got the chemistry sets and microscope and instruments I desired.

    I think of how fortunate I was to grow up before the insanity of trans ideology hit the noosphere. When neighbors would intimate the parents should do something about my tomboyness, my sane people of the land parents said, “They are kids, let them be.” No teacher or doctor or counsellor advised that I undergo gender identity counselling or think about hormonal treatment. Allowed to be a child and pursue my nature, I grew up, understood the reality that I was female and was happy to be living as a woman.

    It makes me shudder to think about what would be done to a child like myself in this day and age.

    • お茶

      I would definately say that tomboys are the exception to what I posted, but for the majority of children, they don’t want things meant for the opposite gender as they don’t fully understand the differences.

  • lk

    This is the link to the actual guideline: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity

    The definitions they give don’t really make a lot of sense..

    “Assigned sex: When children are born, they are assigned “male” or “female” based on their external sex organs”

    Nobody is assigned a sex. Biological sex is just observed.

    “Gender identity: Gender identity is “who you know yourself to be”. While gender has generally been used to mean male or female, we now understand that gender exists on a spectrum. A person’s gender identity may be male, female, or it may be somewhere in between, including “neither” or “both”.”

    Who you know yourself to be? What does that even mean? People are male or female. They have different likes, dislikes, clothing preferences, activities preferences…this is called personality…all this gender identity stuff is just nonsense.

  • lk

    https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity

    There is a lot of nonsense in there though…about being assigned a sex, about your gender identity matching your assigned sex, about gender being on a spectrum and etc…

    “Most children will continue to identify with their sex assigned at birth.”
    We don’t identify with a sex…we are female or male based on biology.

    • Cassandra

      “Most children will continue to identify with their sex assigned at birth.”

      This sentence infuriates me. Just makes me see blazing red. It’s unbelievable that medical doctors are saying this utterly ignorant horse shit.

      • Tobysgirl

        Don’t find it unbelievable at all. When are they not saying stupid shit?

    • At least they’re buying kids time to change their minds. Far too many people are jumping on the bandwagon and not giving kids time to figure it out.

      My standards need to be higher.

      • lk

        I guess I can give the article credit for not coming out and saying kids should be put on hormones and have surgery.

        But I do think we need to hold the medical community to higher standards….I don’t think organizations like this should be supporting the idea that kids are transgender, that sex is on a spectrum, that people can be neither boys or girls based on how they feel.

        Its neither factual nor scientific.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Agree. It is ridiculous. How do kids know what they want to be if they don’t have a chance to try a variety of clothes, personas, activities and appearance? Plus they change their mind every 5 minutes anyway. I won’t be supporting my kids doing anything irreversible to themselves until they are over 25 when their brains are fully developed.

    • lk

      Exactly…childhood is a time for exploration and discovery (To be honest, I also think adulthood should be a time of exploring and trying different things)…It is not a time to lock children into any permanent identity or give them ridiculous labels like transgender…especially one that encourages them to do unnecessary harm to their growing bodies (take hormones to stop puberty).

      Years ago, I watched something about Jazz Jennings and they talked about how a doctor diagnosed him with gender dysphoria at 5 years old. What? How can we seriously say that a 5 year old child really knows that they are the wrong sex? To say that a 5 year old is transgender is ridiculous..a 5 year old boy is just a 5 year old boy…thats it!.

      I really don’t understand why any parent would sign off on their healthy child taking hormones to stop puberty or to have any form of “gender confirmation” surgery.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I think I feel like a man today. So I shaved my head. I better be getting down to my doctor to be getting some hormones now.

  • Americus91

    There’s only one time in my memory this happened. I asked for a pair of roller skates for Christmas. I wanted them white leather, with pink fluffy pom poms – I got blue leather with red and white stripes. I was seriously pissed off at my parents. This was around 10 or 11.

    Before I likely wouldn’t have cared. I had played with girl toys, baby dolls, barbies, kitchen sets, but I also enjoyed playing outside with the boys, pick up baseball, kickball, Atari games etc. Being outside catching tad poles and frogs etc.

    I loved wearing jeans, sneakers, and baseball caps even though I had long hair. It was around 10-11 things started to change and I started getting into the same stuff all the other girls were into, Loves Baby Soft, lip smackers and bonnie bell lip gloss, ribbons in my braided hair, and dressier looking jeans instead of Levis. Skirts with wedged heels or clogs. It was all downhill from there! LOL

  • Tobysgirl

    Gee, doctors have never had a problem with offending me, primarily by being incredibly stupid.

    • Alienigena

      I have to enthusiastically second this comment. They’ve been willfully ignorant (if they ask you the same questions at every yearly physical (read the medical history)), arrogant and disinterested from the time I was first hospitalised at age 2 (for a staph infection) to the present day. I remember being about 5 years old and having the doctor act irritated at me for being sick with asthma. He seemed to have the attitude that children shouldn’t be sick but children have been sicker than I was, severely disabled (polio, iron lungs, thalidomide, etc.) and terminally ill, throughout the time frame that modern medicine has held sway. And why do adults think they have exclusive rights to the territory of illness? The Silent generation (my parents generation) ride on the coat tails of the GI generation (most did not fight in World War II as they were too young, my father was 14 when the war ended) and take credit for making sacrifices that, in fact, they did not make if they were born in North America. I realise that they were quite poor during the depression but that doesn’t mean that you get to claim that only you have a right to sympathy or proper medical care because you’re the right age and in the lucky population of people who don’t get sick until they are older.

  • Tobysgirl

    But doctors don’t speak the truth. They speak what the drug salesman just told them. And there’s big bucks to be made harming children. They have a long history of harming everyone for profit, why pass up this opportunity?

  • Tobysgirl

    And Christiane Amanpour’s show is as brainless and propaganda-pushing as Charlie Rose’s. Welcome to liberal feminism!