Gender Justice

AFP Photo / Didier Pallages

AFP Photo/Didlier Pallages

http://rt.com/news/third-gender-birth-germany-592/

Germany has decided to relieve parents from the necessity to decide the sex of children who have been born with biological features that do not clearly fit into neat male/female categories.  What a blessing for these infants to not to have to be rushed into difficult and painful gender reassignment surgeries in order to meet a binary labeling classification imposed by others.  These children may now grow and decide for themselves if they wish to be altered to fit biological male or female body types, or to remain as they were born.  This allows people to decide what is best for themselves.

I’ve read through many of the RT News facebook post comments of the Russian Times 17 August 2013 article, Germany to become first European state to allow ‘third gender’ birth certificates, and I see that discussing this issue is very sensitive to some folks.  Sadly, instead of generating interest and a desire to learn, I see that the majority of responses are angry responses.

I am attempting to understand what is behind the anger.

Please feel free to comment.

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One thought on “Gender Justice

  1. Why anger? I do not understand where “anger” would have a part to play in this situation. Parents “angry” do to the physical difference (not being an apparent male or an apparent female)? It is understandable to have a wide range of emotions as the parents of children born into this situation (I myself have a child labeled “special needs”) but I do not remember myself as being “angry” about it but rather feeling rather guilty and saddened by the situation. I wondered if there was something that I did to cause it or if there was something that I could have done to prevent it. As a nurse, I know through my education, that there are many factors that come into play while a being is developing (from conception to birth) but then emotions are very powerful can oftentimes rule a situation.
    As a parent of a “special needs” child my desire for her life is to grown into a confident, loving, caring, and compassionate adult not limited by her so-called “special needs”. By empowering these children through love and compassion they will be able to decide what is best for them…not what society decides is best (categorizing).
    Categorizing of people is a very dangerous thing….a control issue….there is no good that can come from categorizing. Respect is what is needed………..each and every one is deserving of respect just because they are a human being. With respect comes the compassion and desire to help another be the best they can be despite the “special needs” of the situation.
    It is indeed, a very difficult time in a parent’s life when faced with this ambiguity but respect and compassion will go a lot further in aiding a person to make such decisions. The morals and values of society (the rights and wrongs) have no real part to play……it is about what is best for the child’s future and no one but that individual can decide what that may be.
    I agree with the new philosophy that the child should be allowed to make that decision when it is appropriate in their life. The individual has to live the consequences of that decision, no one else does.

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