This is from The New York Times, and I’m surprised that they actually printed it:
By Lisa Selin Davis | April 18, 2017
“I just wanted to check,” the teacher said. “Your child wants to be called a boy, right? Or is she a boy that wants to be called a girl? Which is it again?”
I cocked my head. I am used to correcting strangers, who mistake my 7-year-old daughter for a boy 100 percent of the time.
In fact, I love correcting them, making them reconsider their perceptions of what a girl looks like. But my daughter had been attending the after-school program where this woman taught for six months.
“She’s a girl,” I said. The woman looked unconvinced. “Really. She’s a girl, and you can refer to her as a girl.”
There’s more at the original, but the point is simple: a young girl, who in times past would simply have been accepted as a tomboy, is now presumed by politically correct adults to be transgender. Were Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip still going, we’d be seeing all sorts of liberal commenters telling us that Peppermint Patty, the good-at-sports tomboy, must really be transgendered. J K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, decided that Albus Dumbledore was homosexual, and while I suppose that the author defines the character, there was no sex involving Professor Dumbledore in any of the Harry Potter novels. He was a fictional character, who never engaged in sex in any of the books in which he appeared,1 so, to me, his ‘sexual preference’ — can a fictional character have any preferences? — was nothing at all.
Our culture has become thoroughly fouled up! The ‘transgendered’ make up somewhere around 0.3% of the population, as far as anybody knows — though some left-wing publications are now claiming that it may be as high as 0.6% — a population size I would guess to be somewhat smaller than the incidence of ‘tomboyism’ among girls.2 From any reasonable perspective, it would make more sense to assume that a girl who dresses like a boy and plays sports with the boys is a tomboy, something perfectly within the range of normal behavior, than that she is mentally ill. And really, why should anybody, other than her immediate family, think that it’s any of their business whether a particular girl who doesn’t favor ‘girly girl’ clothes is or is not ‘transgendered?’
One of the more positive aspects of our society is the encouragement of girls toward athletics; why would we ever want to think that a girl who wants to mix it up with the guys playing baseball or soccer or whatever — especially before adolescence, when girls and boys are more physically equal in such things — is anything other than she appears, a girl who wants to compete?
It’s a pretty sad commentary on our society that the Times would have to publish an article like this, a sad commentary that the propaganda of the ‘transgender’ lobby would have busybodies thinking that normal kids must really be abnormal.
Cross-posted on RedState.
- Yes, I have read all of the Harry Potter series of books, and yes, Miss Rowling is an excellent author. I was particularly impressed by her ability, as a mature woman, to write so realistically about an adolescent boy’s emotions. ↩
- A google search failed to locate any statistics on the prevalence of ‘tomboyism.’ ↩