The following does not come from some ultra-liberal nonsense blog deep in the dusty corners of the pro-LGBT internet. It isn’t a collection of unhinged tweets from some loony college feminist with nothing better to do than troll social media. It isn’t even from a UC Berkeley college professor who wants to make a name for herself by pushing the boundaries of reasonable logic far beyond the breaking point. No, we’re sad to report that this is from the new issue of Pediatrics, a respected medical journal, and it is written by Dr. Leena Nahata, a pediatric endocrinologist with a sterling reputation at the highly respected Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
So yeah, this BS just went mainstream.
Dr. Nahata says that she’s troubled by the tendency for parents to hold gender reveal parties for their unborn children or to announce the sex of their children on Facebook or other online social media outlets. Why, you ask? Well, you probably already have a suspicion don’t you?
And you would be right.
“There are scenarios,” she warns, “in which a sex assignment may later be questioned or reversed, leading to a significant amount of distress.”
Huh? You mean, like, the sonogram got it wrong? The doctor made an incorrect prediction?
No of course not. Dr. Nahata is leaving open the possibility that the child, later in life, will decide that even though they were cursed with male genitalia, they will discover that they were actually meant to live life as a female…or vice versa. She is compelling parents to keep mum on the gender of their soon-to-be-born babies because, who knows? Your child may grow up to be transgender, and you wouldn’t want those embarrassing social media posts out there in the internet wild, just waiting to cause them all of that “distress,” would you?
“In the vast majority of cases, an infant predicted to be a boy or girl on prenatal ultrasound will identify that way for life,” she admits. However, “regardless of gender assignment at birth, some kids may later identify as the opposite gender.”
Yes, we suppose that’s true, but what is she really suggesting here? Does the baby know at birth whether it wants to “identify” as a boy or a girl? Any more so than they did a few months prior? Of course not. Is she really trying to tell parents they should not assign their children a gender at all?
“We should educate obstetricians and the delivery room and newborn nursery staff about the implications of overemphasizing the importance of sex of the infant during pregnancy…and after birth,” she writes. “Perhaps, instead of, ‘It’s a boy,’ the first proclamation after delivery should be, ‘Congratulations, you have a beautiful infant!’…Physicians, nurses, and staff in general pediatrics clinics, as well as teachers and staff at schools, should be aware that gender is just 1 [one] aspect of a child’s identity, and not the defining aspect; particular attention should be given to preferred names and pronouns.”
So there you have it. Raise your child “gender neutral” until they can decide for themselves whether their “gender identity” matches their biological sex. That’s this pediatrician’s advice.
But, ya know, if you wanted to get a second opinion, we wouldn’t hold it against you.