now, this perticular example is clearly a really REALLY complicated situation, something that needs to be reported carefully to make sure that facts are not glossed over and accont is taken to the fact that many people know very little about this subject, so, off you go mail...
Boy, 12, turns up for school as a girl after sex swap during the summer holidays
well thats a good start, its clear from the first few lines that this hasn't happened, there has been no surgury, or hormone treatment (and the use of the term "sex swap" always annoys me, its just unhelpfully flippant).
to what seems to be happening is a young person is in the very early stages of having gender realinement so is going through the compulsory assesment which requires a cirtain (pretty long) period living in the new gender first.
He wore a bikini for swimming lessons, had Barbie towels, put ribbons in his hair and rode a pink scooter, according to The Sun.
a few problems here, the first highlighted one is the mails insistance in refering to the child as "he" inspite of the fact they are now living as a female, if they we'ren't sure about using "she" and "her" when the process (inspite of their own wordings) is still at a very early stage the least the mail could have done was use nutrual terms like "they".
secondly, this is clearly a hatchet job on a sun artical, they've done no real extra research, so the best we're offered are frivilious details that make it look like a large and extensive group of doctors, psyciatrists, and this kids own parents are basing the assesment of this kid on nothing other than their acting a bit girly.
which is obviously bollocks.
obviously there is something in this in that it seems to have been fudged by the school, or that the communication between the hospital and the school was insufficiant (from personal experiance, this wouldn't surprise me)
*sigh* anyway, the comments are a mess, the issue at hand is almost unfathomably complex, the mail have done basically sqat to explain it, so predictable the comments have more or less exploded...
from the twats:
You can nip, tuck, cut, slash, remove or add whatever you want - the truth is a person is either male or female according to chromosome alignment.
Good luck with that one!
- Chris Williams, Bridgend, 18/9/2009 12:52
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for goodness sake, stop calling him a she, he was born male and will allways be a male. surgery can change the appearence but cant change the inside, man is born a man and woman is born a woman. if you put icing on a sausage roll it doesnt turn it into a cake, so get real.
- eric, staffs, 18/9/2009 12:40
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to people just showing utter ignorance of how this works
Disgusting, children dont know whether they are coming or going with all this PC rubbish taught in schools.
Parents and Social services have let this child down, and you have to question the doctor that carried this out.
- George, Fleet, 18/9/2009 12:29
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many are like this, as cocked up as the artical was, its IS clear that no surgury has, or indeed can take place at this stage, no there is nothing for a doctor to have "carried out" never mind that these situations are NEVER handled by a single practitioner.
and the occational liar
I know of someone similar who did this change at the age or 13 and regrets never having had a life as a male and instead has to life as a quasi female. She is in constant turmoil over what her life could have been like and now effectively she is a neutered male who looks like a girl.
- Elaine, UK, 18/9/2009 12:03
the youngest recipiant of realinement sugury EVER was 16 years old, and it only took place this year. so i call bollocks on your anecdone elaine.
thankfully there are a wealth of sensible informed comments, i'm pretty sure as a result of this link having made its way into tansgender support messageboards and sites.