Why can’t we let kids be kids?

BGrowing up, girls who liked sports and acting tough and hated feminine activities, including dolling up and dressing up, were allowed to go through their tomboy phase without being pressured to fit in. They were girls who might not get along well with other girls, but they were girls, that much was certain.

Today, those girls are lucky enough to make it to puberty without having their breasts cut off.

Gender ideologists have convinced an alarming number of young children and teens that if they feel out of place with their gender or uncomfortable in their bodies, it’s because they were born with the wrong gender. According to transgender activists, changing the gender, both socially and physically, is the only solution.

Unfortunately, the medical profession has unconditionally adopted this story, even though it violates every norm and ethical standard in the books. Doctors prescribe puberty blockers and other hormonal treatments to children as young as 8 years old when they think they are confused about their gender, knowing full well that the long-term effects of these drugs are unknown and very likely irreversible.

A comprehensive report of the New York Times, found, for example, that puberty blockers can permanently damage the development of children’s bones and brains.

“There will be a price. And the price will probably be a lack of skeletal mass,” said Dr. Sundeep Khosla, the leader of a Mayo Clinic bone research lab.

Giving gender-confused children these treatments often enshrines their new “gender identity” in their minds as well, making it much more difficult for them to quit and grow into their own bodies as they mature – which the vast majority of gender-confused kids will if given enough time, according to multiple studies. A detransitioner with whom the New York Times spoke, for example, remembers consulting her doctors about a breast removal when she was 17 and realizing she was making a huge mistake.

“I believe it was a problem with my identity, accepting who I was, and not just the physical feminine part of it,” said Jacy Chavira.

In the years to come, there will be thousands of young adults, just like Chavira, who will regret the decisions they made when they were young and confused. But for many, the consequences of those decisions will be permanent because of the medical intervention forced upon them by adults who knew better.

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