If a baby is assigned a gender by a hospital, then LGBT activist Christin Milloy claims this is like play “Russian roulette” with the baby’s life.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a slut shaming study claims the name calling is really about class warfare. When Kirsten Dunst talked about gender roles she was pretty blunt, saying, “You need a man to be a man and woman to be a woman.”
Milloy claims that when hospitals practice infant gender assignment it’s really a practice that is “insidious” and it’s supposedly done “without even asking for the parent’s consent.” While it may seem odd to portray determining a baby’s sex in such terrifying terms, the LGBT activist believes defining a baby based upon basic biology is really playing “Russian roulette with your baby’s life.” She explains how this might be:
“We tell our children, ‘You can be anything you want to be.’ We say, ‘A girl can be a doctor, a boy can be a nurse,’ but why in the first place must this person be a boy and that person be a girl? Your infant is an infant. Your baby knows nothing of dresses and ties, of makeup and aftershave, of the contemporary social implications of pink and blue. As a newborn, your child’s potential is limitless. The world is full of possibilities that every person deserves to be able to explore freely, receiving equal respect and human dignity while maximizing happiness through individual expression.
“With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.”
Critics of this position contend that “medically speaking, gender assignment is necessary in order to administer the right treatments and give a child a name.” They also argued that gender is not assigned but determined by biological features.
The one obvious exception to that rule would be intersex people, but a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report that even the majority of them do not find it an issue:
“[A]dults born with ambiguous genitalia — or malformations that make it difficult to determine sex of rearing — were generally content with the gender assigned to them at birth by their parents and doctors… Although historically there has been controversy over which is the best gender assignment for these children, they are often assigned to female gender by parents and doctors, undergoing surgeries and hormone treatments, to be reared as girls. Of the 39 participants in this study, 21 were raised as males and 18 as females. The majority of men (76 percent) and women (78 percent) were satisfied with their assigned sex of rearing. Two patients changed gender in adulthood. Most subjects were satisfied with their body image, sexual functioning with a partner and sexual orientation, and considered themselves appropriately masculine or feminine.”
What do you think about Christin Milloy’s claims about so-called gender assignment?