I remember in high school when the pretty, skinny girls went around thinking they were “fat”. So much peer-pressure, media influence, and whatever else played into their false thinking.
Fast forward to now. The things outside of ourselves may have changed (fashion, technology, etc), but we’re all still basically the same. Skinny girls still think they’re fat, and the same mean comments hurled at someone 20 years ago, would still hurt someone’s feelings in the same way today. In the end, our humanity remains. Growing into young adults is a confusing time, as it has always been. Kids have a lot to figure out, and they can’t do it alone.
Which is why I don’t agree with the outcome of this situation: “The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student,” the (Massachusetts Department of Education) guidelines dictate. “One’s gender identity is an innate, largely inflexible characteristic of each individual’s personality that is generally established by age four…As a result, the person best situated to determine a student’s gender identity is that student himself or herself.” Wow.
Consider the fact that children can form food preferences by the age of two based on the diet to which they’ve been introduced. Now, let’s just say that my child has formed a propensity for sweets by that young age because
her siblings leave their Valentine’s candy around of receiving an occasional piece of candy. And let’s just say that, unchecked, she would easily establish sugar as her primary food group. Is she really the person “best situated” to decide what she will eat for dinner? Cake certainly does contain eggs and milk, my dear, but we are not having it as our next meal.
A child needs guidance in making proper choices. Common sense, pure and simple.