Talking point: It’s only natural to think boys will be boys … just as girls will be girls
KEVIN DONNELLY, Mercury, 20 September 2016
IN Tasmania and across the rest of Australia the issue of gender diversity and sexuality and how it is taught in schools is cause of public controversy.
In Melbourne two weeks ago, the fact Marxist LGBTI advocate Roz Ward, from La Trobe University, was invited to a primary school to advise to a Year 4 pupil about gender transition sparked debate.
At the time, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli ordered a review of the Years 11 and 12 Crossroads gender sexuality program on the basis it lacked objectivity and balance, and Labor MP Scott Bacon criticised the State Government for accepting Commonwealth changes to the LGBTI Safe Schools program after complaints it promoted a radical-Left agenda.
A tenet of the LGBTI agenda is that gender is fluid and primary school children can decide whether they are boys or girls. The Minus 18 material linked to Victoria’s Safe Schools website argues the sex on a birth certificate is irrelevant as “there is no predefined way for someone to act based on their gender”.
Material associated with the Safe Schools program applauds the fact girls can become boys and boys can change into girls. Schools are told boys self-identifying as girls should be allowed to use girls’ toilets and change rooms.
The Safe Schools program argues 4 per cent of students are gender diverse or trans and the Minus 18 booklet OMG I’m Trans offers advice about medical transitioning on the basis it’s important to “feel more comfortable in your own skin”.
LGBTI advocates are wrong on both accounts.
Gender is not limitless and fluid and medically changing one’s gender is fraught with problems.
The reality is being male or female is not a matter of choice or whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
As argued by the American College of Pediatricians, “human sexuality is an objective biological trait” and “human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species”.
While transgender activists like Roz Ward argue gender transition or reassignment are safe, the reality is no one can truly change their birth sex and reassignment is fraught with danger.
The pediatricians’ college urges educators and legislators to “reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex”.
Dr Paul McHugh, a former psychiatrist at John Hopkins Hospital in the US, which has stopped doing gender reassignment surgery, argues against gender transition and gender reassignment on the basis that having a sex change is “biologically impossible”.
No matter how much transgender people might want to identify as being different to their birth sex, the reality is you cannot deny nature. Swedish research shows rates of suicide and self-harm are 20 times higher with those who use cross-sex hormones or have reassignment surgery.
McHugh suggests the dramatic increase in children and teens suffering from gender dysphoria is a result of programs like Safe Schools that tell young people they can be whatever gender they like.
LGBTI advocates ignore that while young children might experience a period of gender uncertainty up to 80 per cent lose those feelings over time.
Lesbian feminist author Camille Paglia opposes allowing children to have gender reassignment. Paglia describes it as a form of abuse.
Dr Kevin Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.