If there was any evidence that this was the mother forcing her son to act like a girl, I'd be on board with you. I don't see any sign of that. For one, a kid this age isn't likely to be able to maintain a convincing act. He would have broken down and blabbed by now. For two, if it was the case of a kook mother, I would expect her to have done this with her older son rather than wait for the second one.
Thing that really sticks in my throat here. The most generous current estimate of trans % by population is 0.6%. The mother of the child here is a vehement and very pro-active trans rights campaigner. I don't know the proportion of life long trans campaigners, but I'm pretty sure the odds of them having a trans kid are vanishingly small. Much more so for such an extreme and unusual case as this one. ... The problem can essentially be asshole parents instilling a mixed up and narrow concept of what is normal. Which either restricts their existing exploration of identity, or actively coerces towards a particular outcome. IDK, you may just be right and the kid manifested this underlying genetic problem at a very early age. Her mother may be a perfectly even handed and caring person etc. etc. It just concerns me that it could so easily be the other way around. ...
I do wonder a lot whether one of the main problems we have is all the restrictive associations we have with gender. Now I get that some people are completely repulsed by the genitals they were born with, but it seems a far greater number of transgendered people are perfectly content to "live as" their preferred gender without making major alterations. Do we really need 200 genders or do we just need to accept that the guy who likes to put on an evening gown and go ballroom dancing is still a man? This is all speculative pondering on my part -- I don't know anyone transgendered who I could ask. If I'm way off base, I apologize to anyone who may find this offensive.
Have you met kids? It's pretty common for kids, even "normal" kids, to play with toys of the opposite gender. Boys play with dolls; girls play with toy soldiers. Boys put on sparkly dresses; girls put on football helmets. http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/meet-avery-9-year-old-transgender-girl-who-made-it-cover-national-geographic-54412 When you've got a 4 year old boy asking how to kill himself, but putting on a dress makes him feel better, maybe he's on to something. While I agree it's absurdly complicated, I suspect that gets worse as you get older and more firmly affixed in your pigeonhole. Plus, if Avery decides to undergo physical alteration, whether it be hormone treatment or full surgical reassignment, it goes a lot better if you start that process at or before puberty starts making its own changes.
So after a brief google-foo: The mother of the child is an active trans campaigner (what a co-incidence!). And the child in question began transition at.....wait for it.....FOUR FUCKING YEARS OLD! Mind-blown
A lot of people don't know that hay may spontaneously combust if it's stacked when wet, but that guy should have.
He has to be polling at 15+% and then he gets a podium. I believe he's at 10% or 11% now, so it's a very real possibility with a little exposure like this. As for third party candidates showing in the big debates, Ross Perot did back in 92, but the rules were different back then. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_Presidential_Debates
Serious question: does he actually get to participate in the debates? I don't think I've ever seen a 3rd party candidate in the "big" debates.
Whether you vote for him or not, having a third party in the debates is good for everyone.
Now someone make a video to teach Maddox what Occam's Razor really is.
My favorite memory of Doom wasn't being swarmed by enemies, but creeping through bases, hearing demons in the distance but not knowing where they were. I hope we get some of that atmosphere in the new Doom. It seems fitting that id would return to save the genre from Call of Duty after all these years. It's also a little surprising to see such a strong return to form now that everyone but Kevin Cloud has left the company.
It's better than I thought it would be.
I dub thee, Thtormthinger
Looks just like the parking lot that cost me two teeth.
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