Dr. Keith Ablow wrote a provocative column for FoxNews.com Wednesday about gender identity and admitting he’s not convinced that being transgender is a real sexual identity. He said that allowing people to make a “choice” about their identity is “profoundly destructive, psychologically,” to all students, not just those who self-identify as transgender
Ablow took issue with a law that took effect in California on January 1st that allowed transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms based on their personal sexual identities. Ablow takes a mocking tone to the idea that a law is on the books based on what students “feel” or “believe” they are, and said that if teachers have to explain sexual identity and what it means to be transgender to students, it would “do harm to their own developing sense of self by suggesting to them that their gender is fluid.”
I expect to continue getting death threats and calls for me to be fired from my academic teaching position for saying so (because I have endured both): I believe that children have enough to deal with as they struggle to feel comfortable with their bodies, with the notion of privacy and with later changes involving puberty without urging them to grapple with the notion that their souls may have been born into the wrong bodies…
I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female.
He concludes that by supporting and signing this legislation, “Governor Jerry Brown is a threat to children in California and a threat to children everywhere.”
Ablow previously tackled this issue in a 2011 column saying that Chaz Bono‘s mere inclusion on Dancing with the Stars as “toxic” for young people.
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