I think that boys and girls know that they are boys and girls as soon as they know other things about themselves, but the age when a child becomes self-aware varies from child to child. Current science seems to indicate that gender-differentiation is one of the first things babies learn, I see no reason why gender self-awareness would not also be one of the first things babies learn. In my case, the issue didn't come up until I was 3 years old, when my parents and grandparents found it necessary to tell me that I was a boy, and I did not agree. However, it is also family lore, from before I remember, that as soon as I could talk, I was expressing desire for my very own purse. Nonetheless, what may have been the case when Coy was 18 months old is a moot point. The pertinent issue regards a 6 year-old girl, and flagrant violation of clear law.
It's my understanding that Coy herself determined that she was female. It's also my understanding that Coy does not understand the concept of transgenderism, she only understands that she is a girl. The irreparable harm will come from not treating Coy as a normal girl. And if you continue using wrong gender references with regard to me, I am sure I can have your posts taken down.
Gina DOUGLAS. Gina Davis is an actress. In Colorado, it's a hate crime to deliberately refer to someone with wrong gender references as a way of demeaning their minority status. Neither of us knows the details of professional opinions in this case, but I assure you that raising a child in an atypical way is something that no parent would take lightly. or undertake without concurring professional opinions. Like any other parents in the state of Colorado, the Mathises have the responsibility and the authority to do what they believe to be in the best interests of their children - and everyone should respect that, and presume that is exactly what Coy's parents have done, are doing, and will continue to do. Nobody has standing to argue that the Mathises do not have the right to allow Coy to grow up in the gender that Coy feels is appropriate.
One of the points I was trying to make in my letter last week (referenced above) was that government and media pays a tremendous amount of attention to cigarettes as being so dangerous, but not to the myriad of other toxins and pollutants to which we are constantly exposed. Nor is it a grammar mistake to use the singular verb form "pays" in reference to the symbiont entity "government and media." Media is like government's well-paid executive-assistant, especially in this regard. Instead of going out and investigating how toxic our environment really is, they publish government press releases that bash tobacco and people who smoke.
Posted by smartestman on 05/16/2012 at 7:04 AM:
"the "victim" in this case claims the incident never happened."
That was flat wrong. The victim is long dead. His sister claimed it never happened.
Joan, I apologize. I thought your comment was another one from smartestman. I don't think I can edit my previous comment to remove the part about trolling and anonymity.
Based upon my reading of the available evidence, I conclude that the incident was gay-bashing. Modern brain-science has proven that the whole idea of intent is an illusion. The public library has several books on the topic; you might want to start with the author Michael S. Gazzaniga. But I also said, "I think that the difference between whether Romney was a gay-basher, or merely a bully, is insignificant." So there really is no basis for dispute between us. But should you wish to continue to try and enjoin one, I think it should be on an even keel. As long as you are trolling behind anonymity, I can't take you seriously.
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