There is an undeniable link between marriage and gender which, if severed, has a domino effect on other pillars of society. When marriage is redefined into a genderless union between two individuals, that is the first domino. Once it falls, other pillars of society will also topple, such as the family, gender, freedoms, and tragically, the education and wellbeing of children.
Think this is a stretch? Hardly: all over the world, children are being indoctrinated and pushed to explore their sexuality and gender. Impressionable children are being taught about gender dysphoria, and encouraged to strongly consider if they were “born” the wrong gender.
As university lecturer and author Dr Joanna Williams noted, the amount of time, energy and resources being “wasted” to promote transgender ideology is ridiculous and harmful to children:
"We are increasingly reminded that schools are struggling financially. Yet the time, effort and money that goes into producing and monitoring Transgender Policies is out of all proportion to the tiny number of trans children currently in British schools,” she said. Research suggests that just one per cent of the population experience gender issues
"Although the number of transgender children is small, it is growing rapidly. Children - encouraged by their experiences at school - are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages. In doing more than just supporting transgender children, and instead sowing confusion about gender identity, schools do neither boys nor girls any favours."
Dr Williams also points out that children know the obvious: they know whether they are born a boy or a girl. What pro-transgender policies actually achieve is convince children that their perception of reality is malleable – which has lead to drastic increases in the number of children who identify as transgender.
“By the time they start school, most children know their name, how old they are and where they live. Most also know for certain whether they are a boy or a girl. Despite this, many primary schools now have policies in place ‘to support trans children’ and to ‘provide a broad overview of the needs of transgender children and their families’. This can be counterproductive[,] encouraging even the youngest children to question whether they really are a boy or a girl.”
While NHS figures suggest the proportion of children who consider themselves to be transgender remains marginal, a report last year found the number had increased tenfold over a six year period. Children’s support charity Childline has reported a surge in the number of under 11s calling to discuss gender issues, and designated gender clinics say they are struggling for lack of resources.
“Today, some in schools reject the idea of sex differences as outdated,” said Dr Williams, "they prefer to talk of gender not as a biological category but as a social construct. This paves the way for constructing alternative ways of thinking about gender as fluid and non-binary. It holds out the hope of abolishing gender as a category with it all the constraints and restrictions it places upon people’s lives."
These school programs do more than just sow confusion in children’s minds – they indoctrinate children to question the values imparted in the children’s homes. School programs threaten the family by usurping the parents’ role as the primary social teachers, and instead, leaving it to the schools to become the “new” parent. As Dr Williams summarised:
While the role of teachers was once simply to impart knowledge in a subject area, they are being placed under increasing pressure to provide social support, advice and counselling, she noted. “It becomes incumbent upon teachers to allow children freedom to be any gender they choose. However politically well intentioned teachers may be, criticising the views and values of home vastly alters the remit of the school away from education and towards the promotion of a distinct political outlook.”
While activists scream that questioning gender dysphoria is all kinds of “phobic,” Margot Cleveland reminds us that there is a difference between “compassionately treating those with gender dysphoria, and causing it entirely”:
In her NRO article, “Puberty Suppression and FMG,” Mona Charen provides a veritable Cliff’s Notes of the physical and psychological dangers the authors detail at length in “Growing Pains.” “Doctors are prescribing powerful drugs to interfere with something – puberty – that is not a disease,” she writes, concluding: “Before resorting to dire and irreversible ‘treatments’ on otherwise healthy children, we ought to remove our own cultural blinders.”
It is one thing to compassionately treat those with gender dysphoria. It is another thing entirely to cause gender dysphoria. “Growing Pains” points to the real possibility that gender affirmation is not just a bad approach for treating gender dysphoria, but a bad approach for everyone else too. It’s time to stop silencing debate and have an honest discussion of all the risks. “For the sake of our children,” as the Left is prone to say.
The Growing Pains article notes that gender identity in children is both elastic and plastic. “Elastic” refers to the change in gender identity over time (which is supported by the number of children who grow out of their gender dysphoria by the time they reach puberty), while “plastic” acknowledges that gender identity is shaped by outside forces like parental influence and social conditions. Put another way, if you push gender ideology onto children, you can shape the way they view their own gender identity and cause unnecessary confusion.
Concerned parents who try to protect their children as emphatically labelled as “transphobic bigots,” and quite often, have their concerns completely ignored. However, the science backs the parents: “gender” treatments, puberty blockers, are more likely to hurt children – not help them. There has been no long-term research on the effects of puberty blockers on children, and there are suggestions it could even prolong their experience of gender dysphoria.
Children are being experimented upon in the name of “tolerance.”
There is very little evidence for resumption of completely normal development after puberty suppression. “There certainly have been no controlled clinical trials comparing the outcomes of puberty suppression to the outcomes of alternative therapeutic approaches [and] there are reasons to suspect that the treatments could have negative consequences for neurological development.”
So the mantra that puberty suppression is “totally reversible” is close to being totally bunk. Modern medicine prides itself on rigorous testing of hypotheses, careful analysis of ethical issues, and diligence in follow-up studies. This is what differentiates it from the hexes of witchdoctors and the nostrums of snake oil salesmen. But when it comes to gender dysphoria, the profession is ignoring the most elementary requirements of good science.
The demands of the LGBTI lobby will never relent. Redefining marriage is just the first step. Once they dismantle the core of the family, they will then further focus on the “T” and other accompanying agendas. Our children are already being used as social experiments by Safe Schools and the like. We must stop this from going any further.
Schools are already usurping parents’ rights to raise their children as they deem best, despite clear opposition from parents and concerned citizens. It is terrifying to think how much farther these radical activists will go if their demands are met. Is that a future we want to place on our children?