Archive for October, 2008


I wanna be black!?!

Confession: Lindsey and I watched a good bit of Dr. Phil tonight.  That’s what no cable and a good bit of apathy will get you.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way.  The subject matter of the good doc’s show today was gender confused kids.  Primarily, they focused on one set of parents who started letting their boy act/dress like a girl at age 3.  Now, at age 8 he (though they refer to her as a she) is going to school as a girl.  This isn’t new, I recall seeing a news story well over a year ago about individuals right in California to choose their gender.  The concept is ludicrious.   

Unbelievable…wow.  Have we literally lost our minds?   

I could seriously rant here, I got most of that out with Linds.  I could also go to a little deeper, considering how such views and practices are affecting identity development.  I would, instead, like to point out how absurd this is with an oversimplification.

I’m white.  Really.  In every stereotypical sense of the word, I’m as pale as they come.  Now, suppose that, at around age three, I decided that I wanted to be black.  I’m not talking about adopting stereotypical attributes of african american culture, I’m talking about a skin and hair transplant to make me physically black.  Why not Itilian?  What would the mental health status of my parents have been if they said, “Well, if that’s who you feel like you want to be, 3 year old, who are we to stand in the way?” 

Heck, what if I felt like, at heart, I was potato head from Toy Story trapped in a human body?

No matter what I do or how I try to change, I’ll always be stuck with a great deal that I did not choose, but are, instead, factors of my created nature.  Period.  Is this injustice?  Some unspeakable mistake of God?  No!!  It’s not!  It’s just the way it is. 

I feel better now.  I know this is a multifaceted, complex discussion, thanks for letting me drive a basic OBJECTIVE truth in an oversimplified way.


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