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Wed Feb 15, 2012, 05:00 PM

Dreaming of Dresses: Transgender Books for Children

from the Huffington Post

Young people are coming out as transgender ever earlier, which often means that they want medical treatment at younger ages. This is a thought that worries and bewilders some adults, in part because they do not believe that children can really know who they are or what they want but also in part because they simply don't have enough information about gender dysphoria.

These days, we see some trans and intersex people in the media, although there is often an emphasis on the problems they face. News reports discuss bullying and suicide. Films such as Boys Don't Cry or XXY depict struggles and pain. Novels often do a bit better in terms of nuance (such as Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex or Annabel by Kathleen Winter), but are not always easily available (one thinks here of Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues). So it's not surprising that adults don't always get accurate information or positive ideas about trans issues.

Then there's the perhaps more pressing problem of where trans or intersex young people themselves can read about other people like them. If someone recognizes at a young age that she or he is trans, that person might immediately want to know that she or he is not alone or "abnormal." The media and, more specifically, literature is usually the first stop.


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Right now is a time when many transgender children are taunted or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable at school, when they consider or attempt suicide, or when they see no hope for the future. I believe that featuring trans and intersex characters in literature for young people can help to change this.

Let young people dream of dresses (or trousers, or whatever else they might desire) and what's more, let them have them.


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The Philosopher Feb 2012 OP
yup its me Feb 2012 #1
yardwork Feb 2012 #2
William769 Feb 2012 #3
saras Feb 2012 #4
fascisthunter Feb 2012 #5

Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 05:33 PM

1. I don't know how I feel about this

 

Even if children show signs of gender confusion, they are not ready to handle these concepts. Another thing that concerns me is that they may not really be transgendered. For instance, cross-dressing men may have had the urge since childhood yet not wished to take it past dressing in private. So why not just be accepting of their wishes as parents and explain the situation to the teacher so the teacher can make sure that the child isn't bullied.

But the reality is that kids get bullied for EVERYTHING: wearing glasses, being too fat, not having namebrand clothing...

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Response to yup its me (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 06:48 PM

2. This troll has been escorted from the building - again.

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Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:06 PM

3. Recommended.

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Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:29 PM

4. Two words that provoke hate and fear from BOTH sides: endocrine disruptors

 

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Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 07:11 PM

5. GOOD!

anything for honesty and those who wish to be honest with themselves and feel comfortable with that honesty. It is the right wing that is warped, always trying to force nature to their will, yet when you look at nature and how powerful it is, you realize these people are crazy, and have no hope of succeeding.

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