Transgendered, more specifically.
I’ll go into the background before getting to the point:
Watching a movie today called “Trans.” It’s basically a documentary centered around discussing transgendered people. One of the stories is about a child named Danann, who despite having a penis, has felt and acted like a girl since the age of 2. A lot of things have traumatizd the child, such as having to pretend to feel like a boy in school (the school insisted that the child stop wearing female clothes to school, forcing the hand of the parents for the sake of education) The child, at age 4, tried to cut off its penis with craft scissors.
The parents are accepting of the feminine nature the child has and are planning to start transition therapy (including hormone treatments) once the child enters puberty. They have also suggested they would allow surgery to exchange the child’s sex.
My question is highly specific and may not be of interest to many, but I ask nonetheless:
What ethical implications does this have? Despite all of the obvious signs the child is showing, is it appropriate to write off hormone therapy at the age of 12? Should the parents be allowed to ask for surgery?
I’m withholding my opinion for the sake of removing bias. I want to see some responses before I deliver more of my stance.
I think if the child clearly is seeking to harm himself because they feel that strongly about themselves, then yes. I think it’s wrong for society to demand that she should conform to the status quo. Even making this decision at an early age could prevent her from being ostracized from her classmates because she will feel more comfortable with herself.
@v1kingfan, but what about the aftermath? Say it goes terribly wrong at puberty and the child wants to undo it, but at the time of the surgery was not actually able to understand the full gravity of the decision…what then?
Also consider the fact that the surgery aspect of this change is quite dangerous and there is a lot of bleeding according to the documentary.
I think if someone were to naturally feel like a girl, even though they are a boy, I think they would be much more comfortable with the gender change. Despite how stressful the transition was for them, he three trans people I know, seem to be very happy with their choice.
@v1kingfan, but they got to choose it is my only real point here. The parents are going to make that decision earlier to make her teenage years easier, but there’s a risk of death as well as a risk of her wanting to actually be a guy after puberty hits.
IDK I mean I guess I’m just really being hit with the gravity of this being my child and trying to decide what kind of options are most appropriate and all of the risks…it seems incredibly tough to me.
Dude a fucking 4 year old has no idea that a penis has anything to do with being male. Sounds more like a fucked up 14 year old. I blame the parents anywho.
I feel like a girl sometimes, when I feel like a man it’s that much more manly. Sexually ambiguous ftw. I can make love to myself.